The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1907

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p.1 Heavy Loss of Life - Detroit, Oct. 12th - A despatch from Grand Marais reports that the steamer Cypress, owned by the Lackawanna Transportation company, of Cleveland, was lost on Friday night, in Lake Superior, off Deer Park, twenty miles from Grand Marais. One survivor was washed ashore and is now in a critical condition. He said he was sole survivor of twenty-three persons on the boat. A fierce north-west gale prevailed on Lake Superior that night.



Steamer Cypress Sinks and Twenty One Lives are Lost.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Oct. 14th - The steel steamer Cypress, owned by the Lackawanna Transportation company, and carrying a cargo of ore, was wrecked, on Friday night, in Lake Superior, off Deer Park, about thirty miles from Grand Marias, and all of the crew of twenty-two, excepting the second mate, were lost.

The latter was washed ashore near Deer Park, lashed to a life raft and barely alive. He is in a critical condition, and thus far has been able only to tell that the steamer was the Cypress and that he is the sole survivor.

He suffered terribly from cold, exposure and the battering of the waves. Two bodies have also washed ashore at Deer Park.

The disaster was due to a sudden leak, through which the waves rushed with such volume as to overcome all efforts to keep the vessel afloat. The steamer George Stephenson, of the Pittsburg Steamship company, on Saturday reported that she had passed the Cyprus late yesterday. A red streak was distinguishable in the water behind her, indicating that her plates had been sprung and that her iron cargo was discoloring the water. Capt. Harbottle, of the Stephenson, says that the hatches of the Cypress were not covered to keep out the water. A heavy sea was running and the Cypress' decks were continually awash.

The water poured into the hold through the hatches so rapidly that the pumps were unable to keep the vessel afloat. Late at night the lights of the vessel, near Deer Park, were visible to the Stephenson's crew and then suddenly disappeared.

Some Of The Victims.

Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 14th - The last payroll of the steamer Cypress was aboard the boat and probably was lost. This alone can give the names of the members of the crew, according to the officials of the Lackawanna Transportation Co. The September payroll gives little information, as there are usually many changes on lake vessels between trips, and especially among the firemen and deckhands.

The captain was F.B. Huyck, of Sheridan, N.Y.; first mate, John Smith, Cleveland; second mate, C.J. Pitt, engineer, J.J. Norcross, of Tonawanda, N.Y.; cooks, W.M. Dundon and wife.

The Cypress was loaded with iron ore, bound for Buffalo. She left Superior, Wis., at nine o'clock, Thursday morning.

The Cypress was a new boat, 440 feet long, with a capacity of 7,500 tons. She had made but one trip to the head of the lakes, and was bound down on her second trip. It is believed here that the machinery of the Cypress must have met with an accident.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The Kingston Shipping Company, limited, of Kingston, capitalized at $100,000, has been chartered by the Ontario government.



The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego.

The government tug Loretta arrived from Montreal, Monday morning.

The schooner J.B Kitchen arrived from Sodus with coal for the Kingston & Pembroke railway wharf.

Capt. Richard Waters is dead in San Francisco. His remains will be buried in Belleville. He was over seventy years of age. He was an expert sailor and during his life owned several vessels, among them being the schooner Highland Beauty, the steam barges Water Lily and Anglin, and the steamer Nellie Cuthbert, all of which vessels he commanded.

Richardson's elevator: steamer Pueblo, from Chicago, with 51,500 bushels of corn; steambarge Navajo from Montreal with freight; sloops Pilot and Laura D. from Wolfe Island with oats; tug Kate cleared, Saturday, for Montreal, with barges Siren and Klondyke, loaded with corn and wheat.

Swift's: steamers City of Ottawa up Sunday; Hamilton up Sunday; Belleville down Sunday; Cornwall up Sunday; steambarge John Randall from Ottawa; steamer Dundurn down today; steamer Ames from Fort William Saturday; steamer Aletha from bay ports today; steambarge John Randall for Ottawa.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Jessie Spalding from Duluth, 64,000 bushels of wheat; steamer George C. Howe from Duluth with 76,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Glenella from Chicago with 91,000 bushels of corn and wheat; steamer Advance called, on her way from Montreal to Fort William; tug Bronson up with four light barges and will clear with three grain-laden; steamers Howe and Jessie Spalding cleared for the upper lakes.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1907