The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1909

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A Great Harvest Of Human Lives.

Cleveland, O., Dec. 13th - The terrific storm which passed over Lake Erie, Wednesday night and Thursday, reaped a harvest of human lives and more than $1,000,000 worth of shipping property. Late reports show that fifty-nine lives were lost, that twenty sailors were rescued, that four boats were destroyed and that one is aground and badly damaged.

The summary shows: steamer Clarion, burned, fifteen lives lost, six saved; steamer W.C. Richardson sunk, five drowned, eleven saved; car ferry Marquette & Bessemer No. 2. wrecked, thirty-eight lives; steamer Josiah G. Munroe, aground, attempting to rescue sailors from the Clarion. Tow barge sunk, no lives lost. Sailor from the Richardson crazed by exposure, committed suicide.

There is now practically no chance that any of the thirteen members of the Clarion have survived. Two of the crew were known perished. Neither is hope now held out for the thirty-eight Conneaut men of the car ferry Marquette and Bessemer No. 2, who have been missing four days.


The Car Ferry Is On The Bottom

At Port Burwell.

Detroit, Dec. 13th - The tug Schinick, of the Great Lakes Tug and Wrecking company, left here last night for Port Burwell, and will help release the Ashtabula. The tug Monarch left Ashtabula at six o'clock, last night, for Port Burwell.

Car Ferry In Trouble.

Port Burwell, Ont., Dec. 13th - The car ferry Ashtabula, which, in trying to enter the harbor, Sunday morning, struck the bottom and went aground, is still in a helpless condition. The tug Monarch has been sent from Ashtabula, but, so far has not succeeded in getting her off. Another tug is expected from Cleveland. The wind, at the time the vessel went on, was northeast, but it changed during the night, and is now from the south-east. The Ashtabula has worked her way astern from her original position about twice her length. She is now resting quietly on the bottom, and it is not anticipated it will be any trouble getting her off when the other tug arrives.

Latest News - The car ferry Ashtabula, of the Pennsylvania line, is safe. She arrived at Port Burwell, Ont., on Saturday, and left later, on her return trip to Ashtabula.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1909