In a Collision in St. Clair River on Wednesday.
Nine Persons Made the Shore in Safety.
The sandsucker GEORGE T. BURROUGHS, of Windsor, was sunk in collision with a steamer supposed to be the C. F. BIELMAN below Southeast Bend, St. Clair river, on Wednesday morning. The crew of eight persons and the 13-year old son of the woman cook escaped with all their belongings.
After striking the smaller boat, the freighter continued on her course with out waiting to ascertain what damage had been done, or whether the crew would need assistance.
According to Capt. Dan Allen and Mate Sam Moore of the BURROUGHS, she was proceeding down the river near the Canadian shore, when the freighter, towing a barge, came along. Capt. Allen claims he signaled the larger craft to check down as soon as he discovered it, but his signals were not responded to and the larger steamer attempted to cross in front, striking the BURROUGHS hard on the port bow.
The BURROUGHS began to settle and was headed for the Canadian beach, but slipped off the channel bank into deeper water. She was then started for the American side and was beached in front of Trautz's dock.
The crew placed a plank from the boat to the dock and walked ashore, and none too soon as the BURROUGHS again rolled off the bank and tumbled into the deep channel, where she now lies in about 28 feet of water, with only a broken spar showing above water. The bow of the BURROUGHS was badly smashed, and some of her upper works pulled off when she plunged to the bottom.
The sunken boat is owned by C. W. Caldwell, of Windsor, and was laden with gravel, Port Huron to Windsor. She was valued at $4,000 and is uninsured. Mr. Cadwell said that night that the hulk is scarcely worth raising, but that he hoped to save the machinery.