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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 May 1910

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And Steel Freighter Literally Fell Apart


(same article as appeared in Daily Standard below)



The government boat Scout is in port.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Jeska passed on her way from Oswego to Smith's Falls with coal.

The schooner Ford River is at Richardson's wharf, taking on a cargo of feldspar for Charlotte.

The sloop Pilot discharged a cargo of sand from the foot of Howe Island at the Rockwood asylum wharf.

The steambarge John Randall arrived from Smith's Falls on her way to Oswego, and was detained here by the fog.

The steamer Rosemount of the M.T. company was ashore all morning on the shoal fronting Swift's wharf. The tug Bronson came to her assistance and after a couple of hours' work succeeded in releasing the big steamer, and she continued on her way to Montreal.

The heavy fog, which set in during Tuesday night, tied up quite a few boats. The steamer Rosemount was within a few miles of Kingston, when overtaken by the fog, and laid over until it cleared away. The steamer was loaded with grain from Fort William and passed on to Montreal, where she will discharge her cargo.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Bartlett arrived from Montreal with three light barges and cleared for Cleveland, with two barges, to load coal for Montreal; the tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with three light barges and cleared for Montreal with three grain-laden barges; the tug Mary cleared for Montreal with two grain barges; the steamer Ungava (sic) and barge Ungava loaded with grain, from Fort William, were detained by fog, expected to arrive during the day.

Daily Standard, May 25, 1910

p.1 World's News - The grounding of a second boat at the Soo caused a big blockade in the canal traffic. The vessel, the steamer Bope ?, was released without damage.



Detroit, May 25th - Rammed amidships by another steamer, early Monday morning, the steel freighter Frank H. Goodyear literally fell in two and sank in Lake Huron, forty miles north of Pointe Aux Barques, and down with the freighter went a number of men and one woman, besides a baby boy. The exact number of the lost is as yet undetermined. It is believed that a total of eighteen lives were lost.

The steamer that struck the Goodyear was the James B. Wood. The Wood stood valiantly by, her bulkheads keeping out the seas that otherwise would have poured through the great hole in her bow and picked up five persons, Capt. F.R. Hemeninger, of Algonac, Mich., who commanded the Goodyear, Chief Engineer Gibson, Stewart David Bassett, one wheelsman and two passengers, Mrs. Thomas H. Bassett and her daughter, of Marine City, Mich. These were taken to Port Huron on the steamer Wood.

Filled With Water.

As soon as the collision occurred, it was seen that the Goodyear was doomed as she began rapidly to fill with water. Every one on board was supplied with a life preserver and every effort was made to man and launch the small boats, but the water poured in so fast that the heavy hatches were forced from their frames by the pressure from underneath and shot into the air in every direction and the falling hatches spead injury and death among the terrified crew and passengers on the sinking vessel. With his infant child in his arms Steward Bassett had almost reached safety in one of the lifeboats, when one of the hatches snatched the baby from his arms. The little one fell into the lake and was drowned despite the frantic efforts of its father to rescue him. When the Goodyear settled beneath the surface of the water it was evident that she was practically broken in two, the action of the water having completed the destruction by the blow received in collision.

The Boat Owners.

The sunken steamer was owned and operated by the Mitchell Transit Company, of Cleveland. She was built of steel, and had a capacity of 7,000 tons. The Wood belongs to the Gilchrist fleet, is of steel build, with a capacity of 9,300 tons. The Goodyear was insured for $255,000. Her cargo of ore, which was shipped from Duluth by the United States Steel Corporation was valued at $25,000. Among the missing is one Canadian, William Pitt, of Midland, a watchman on the ill-fated vessel.



The tug Bartlett arrived last night with three light barges from Montreal and cleared with the barges Melrose and Selkirk for Cleveland to load coal.

The steambarge John Randall arrived from Smith's Falls, bound for Oswego to load coal.

The steambarge Jeska passed down from Oswego with coal for Smith's Falls.

The schooner Ford River is loading feldspar at Jas. Richardson & Sons for Sodus.

The steamer Lastalom ? is loading cement at Belleville for Fort William.

The steamer Port Colborne passed through with grain from Port Colborne to Montreal.

The schooner Major Ferry cleared today for Sodus to load coal for the M.T. Co.

The barge Rob Roy is waiting to be towed to Erie to load coal for the Locomotive Works.

The steamer Sowards, bound from Charlotte to Kingston, with coal for the dry dock, poked into a heavy bank of fog yesterday afternoon and arrived this morning about 9.30.

The M.T. Co. boats were tied up with fog today. The following are the arrivals: steamer Westmount and Ungava with 150,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William; steamer Rosemount, and consorts Hamilton and Valencia from Lake Erie ports, with coal for Montreal, and tug Emerson from Montreal with one light barge. Cleared - The tug Mary for Montreal with two barges grain laden; the tug Emerson for Charlotte and Oswego, with three barges to load coal and tug Thomson for Montreal with one grain and two coal barges.

Swift & Co. arrivals - steamer Belleville down; steamer Dundurn up; str. Island Belle from Alexandria Bay with 500 excursionists yesterday, and str. Aletha with 350 from Bay of Quinte ports.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 May 1910