THE CAPTAIN EXPLAINS
Why Steamer Hope Failed To Stop.
Detroit, Dec. 16th - There has been considerable discussion among marine men as to why the steamer Hope failed to stop after she passed the burning steamer Clarion, off Pelee Island, last week. Capt. Balfour, Detroit, who sails the Hope, has a splendid reputation for courage and seamanship. His explanation is as follows: After passing the Clarion he immediately slowed down. Owing to the presence of two other vessels on his port side and the rocks on the starboard, he could not turn at once. He argued that he could make the turn safely after passing the lightship which was then about three and one half miles away. The other vessels by that time, with the Hope running at slow speed, would be out of his way so that he could swing about without danger of colliding with them. He was just beyond the lightship when he saw the Hanna alter her course and bear down on the Clarion. Capt. Balfour then steamed ahead for Buffalo. It is not thought likely there will be an official investigation of the matter.
CREW ARE MAROONED
Men Of Steamer Three Days Without Food.
Little Current, Ont., Dec. 16th - The new steel steamer Wissahickon, of the Anchor Line, ran on the Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron, Sunday night, in an eastern gale and blinding snowstorm. The lower decks and stern of the steamer are submerged, and all supplies are cut off from the crew, who have had no food since Sunday night. Heavy seas prevented crossing from the Ducks to the Manitoulin, twelve miles, until yesterday, when two fishermen succeeded in reaching the island, where the steamer is, by a small gasoline launch, and brought off First Mate J.H. Cassey and Engineer John Ersken. Tugs are being sent out from the Soo for the rest of the crew, thirty-two men in all.
All are safe on the island, but have suffered severely in the extreme weather and from lack of food. Cassey and Ersken had to walk eight miles through snow and water to Fernlee ?, the nearest telephone on the Manitoulin Island. The Wissahickon was bound from Buffalo to Duluth with four thousand tons of general merchandise, valued at $700,000. The vessel was only two years old and will be a total wreck.