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  • Some Personal Experiences of Masters of the Lake Fleet of the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company Storm of November 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1913
    WebsiteText       A collection of letters from freighter captains who survived the Great Storm of 1913 on the Great Lakes.
    WebsiteText     A collection of letters from freighter captains who survived the Great Storm of 1913 on the Great Lakes.
  • Pittsburg Boats will quit early
    NewspaperText  Callahan, George V., Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 8 Nov 1913, p. 12     Pittsburg Boats will quit early Last Steamers to Go From This End of the Route Will Sail Today.

    Grain cargoes are being offered pretty freely in the Lake Superior trade, and with many of the outside vessels lined up for the balance of the season the outlook is for a ...

    NewspaperText  Callahan, George V., Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 8 Nov 1913, p. 12   Pittsburg Boats will quit early Last Steamers to Go From This End of the Route Will Sail Today.

    Grain cargoes are being offered pretty freely in the Lake Superior trade, ...

  • Shipping Suffered From Severe Storm
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 10 Nov 1913, p. 1     Shipping Suffered From Severe Storm _______ Cleveland Vessel in Trouble in St. Clair Flats _______ Wire Service Crippled _______ Detroit and Pittsburg Isolated So Far as Telegraphic Communication Was Concerned -- Wind's Velocity in Detroit Reached 48 ...
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 10 Nov 1913, p. 1   Shipping Suffered From Severe Storm _______ Cleveland Vessel in Trouble in St. Clair Flats _______ Wire Service Crippled _______ Detroit and Pittsburg Isolated So Far as Telegraphic Communication Was Concerned ...
  • Crew Escapes From the Northern Queen
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1-2     CREW ESCAPES FROM THE NORTHERN QUEEN _______ Buffalo Vessel Goes Ashore on Kettle Point _______ THE OVERTURNED STEAMER _______ No Positive Identification Has Yet Been Made _______ Story That She is the Regina of Toronto is Told in Port Huron -- ...
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1-2   CREW ESCAPES FROM THE NORTHERN QUEEN _______ Buffalo Vessel Goes Ashore on Kettle Point _______ THE OVERTURNED STEAMER _______ No Positive Identification Has Yet Been Made _______ Story That She ...
  • Reaches Port 34 hrs. Overdue
    NewspaperText  Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 11 Nov 1913, p. 4     Reaches Port 34 hrs. Overdue _______ Steamer Verona Weathers Fiercest Gale in its History Without Damage. _______ Practically Drifted in Storm for a Full Day _______ Captain Trimm Praises Members of Crew for Their Work Under ...
    NewspaperText  Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 11 Nov 1913, p. 4   Reaches Port 34 hrs. Overdue _______ Steamer Verona Weathers Fiercest Gale in its History Without Damage. _______ Practically Drifted in Storm for a Full Day _______ Captain Trimm Praises Members ...
  • Steamer Waldo Is Total Wreck
    NewspaperText  Sault Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1     Steamer Waldo Is Total Wreck _______ Captain Duddleson and Crew Taken off by Eagle Harbor Life Savers; Wait 92 Hours _______ Port Huron Reports 300 [sic] Foot Freighter Overturned and Still Unidentified -- Cleveland in Throes of Wind and Snow Storm -- Residents Face ...
    NewspaperText  Sault Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1   Steamer Waldo Is Total Wreck _______ Captain Duddleson and Crew Taken off by Eagle Harbor Life Savers; Wait 92 Hours _______ Port Huron Reports 300 [sic] Foot Freighter Overturned and ...
  • Crew and Steamer SInk As Ships Litter Shores
    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 11 Nov 1913, 1, 9     Crew and Steamer SInk As Ships Litter Shores _______ Big Boats, Battered on Rocks and Shoals, are Beyond Reach in Hurricane-Lashed Lakes as Only One Fleet Has Wireless Equipment. _______ Three Barges at Cleveland, Torn From Moorings, Crash Over Bar While Passenger ...
    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 11 Nov 1913, 1, 9   Crew and Steamer SInk As Ships Litter Shores _______ Big Boats, Battered on Rocks and Shoals, are Beyond Reach in Hurricane-Lashed Lakes as Only One Fleet Has Wireless Equipment. _______ ...
  • The Weather
    NewspaperText  Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 7 Nov 1913, p. 1     THE WEATHER

    For Sault Ste Marie and vicinity-- Rain and colder tonight; Saturday, rain or snow and colder.

    Upper Lakes--Brisk to high south-west to northwest winds, except northwest on western Superior. Rain south, rain or snow north portions tonight and Saturday; colder ...

    NewspaperText  Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 7 Nov 1913, p. 1   THE WEATHER

    For Sault Ste Marie and vicinity-- Rain and colder tonight; Saturday, rain or snow and colder.

    Upper Lakes--Brisk to high south-west to northwest winds, except northwest on western ...

  • Storm Worst in Years; Lake Craft Battle Gale
    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 10 Nov 1913, 1-2     STORM WORST IN YEARS; LAKE CRAFT BATTLE GALE Furious Wind Paralyzes Traffic, Isolates Suburbs, Levels Telephone and Telegraph Wires, Destroys Lighting Service, Imprisons Residents _______ Boats, Manned by Crews Perishing From Cold, Tossed on Wild Waters -- Steamers Held at ...
    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 10 Nov 1913, 1-2   STORM WORST IN YEARS; LAKE CRAFT BATTLE GALE Furious Wind Paralyzes Traffic, Isolates Suburbs, Levels Telephone and Telegraph Wires, Destroys Lighting Service, Imprisons Residents _______ Boats, Manned by Crews Perishing ...
  • Snow Hinders Lake Traffic
    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 8 Nov 1913, p. 11     Snow Hinders Lake Traffic

    SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER

    FT. WILLIAM, Nov. 7.-- So dense was the snow storm this evening that the captain of the C. P. R. steamer Manitoba was unable to make out the buyoys at the entrance of the harbor and the boat was towed ...

    NewspaperText  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 8 Nov 1913, p. 11   Snow Hinders Lake Traffic

    SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER

    FT. WILLIAM, Nov. 7.-- So dense was the snow storm this evening that the captain of the C. P. R. ...

  • Many Boats Forced to Seek Shelter
    NewspaperText  Callahan, George V., Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 9 Nov 1913, p. 13, column 2     Many Boats Forced to Seek Shelter _______ Steamer Louisiana Is Destroyed by Fire After Stranding _______

    BY GEORGE CALLAHAN. (Marine Editor of The Leader

    A large number of vessels were caught in the storm that swept the upper lakes ...

    NewspaperText  Callahan, George V., Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 9 Nov 1913, p. 13, column 2   Many Boats Forced to Seek Shelter _______ Steamer Louisiana Is Destroyed by Fire After Stranding _______

    BY GEORGE CALLAHAN. (Marine Editor of The Leader

    A large number of vessels ...

  • Terrible Storm Sweeps Superior
    NewspaperText  Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 10 Nov 1913, p. 1     TERRIBLE STORM SWEEPS SUPERIOR _______ High Winds Lash Great Lakes Into Fury; Captains Report Hardest Blow Yet Experienced _______ Disturbance Started in the South-East, Blowing Along Atlantic Coast -- 68 Mile Wind Reported at Portage Entry -- Steamer Sarnian Six Days ...
    NewspaperText  Evening News (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), 10 Nov 1913, p. 1   TERRIBLE STORM SWEEPS SUPERIOR _______ High Winds Lash Great Lakes Into Fury; Captains Report Hardest Blow Yet Experienced _______ Disturbance Started in the South-East, Blowing Along Atlantic Coast -- 68 ...
  • One Dead in Storm; 4 Hurt at Statler as Skylight Falls
    NewspaperText  Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 10 Nov 1913, 1-2     One Dead in Storm; 4 Hurt at Statler as Skylight Falls Glass Crashes on Diners in Hotel Cafe; Live Wires Fill Streets, Car Service Demoralized, City completely Cut off From Telephone and Telegraph Communication Since Early Last Night; Boats In Peril, City in ...
    NewspaperText  Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 10 Nov 1913, 1-2   One Dead in Storm; 4 Hurt at Statler as Skylight Falls Glass Crashes on Diners in Hotel Cafe; Live Wires Fill Streets, Car Service Demoralized, City completely Cut off From ...
  • 25 to 40 Lives Probably Lost
    NewspaperText  Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1     25 to 40 Lives Probably Lost _______ No Clue to Identity Of Overturned Boat, No Trace of Crew. _______

    Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 11--Early this forenoon no clue had yet been obtained as to the identity of the 600-foot steel freighter which overturned with the ...

    NewspaperText  Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1   25 to 40 Lives Probably Lost _______ No Clue to Identity Of Overturned Boat, No Trace of Crew. _______

    Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 11--Early this forenoon no clue had yet ...

  • Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost
    NewspaperText  Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1     Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost _______ Believed the Boat Foundered During Storm -- Wreckage Floats into Harbor. _______

    Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 11--Lightship No. 82, carrying a crew of six persons, and stationed in Lake Erie off Point Abino, 15 miles west of ...

    NewspaperText  Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1   Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost _______ Believed the Boat Foundered During Storm -- Wreckage Floats into Harbor. _______

    Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 11--Lightship No. 82, carrying a crew of ...

  • Lights Ashore Not Visible to Vessel
    NewspaperText  Toronto World (Toronto, ON), 22 Nov 1913, p. 1     Lights Ashore Not Visible to Vessel _______ Investigation Into Wreck of Turret Chief Shows Boat to Have Been Well Equipped and Seaworthy -- Storm Signals Not Ignored -- Crew's Hardships in Woods. _______

    (Special to The Toronto World).

    KINGSTON, ...

    NewspaperText  Toronto World (Toronto, ON), 22 Nov 1913, p. 1   Lights Ashore Not Visible to Vessel _______ Investigation Into Wreck of Turret Chief Shows Boat to Have Been Well Equipped and Seaworthy -- Storm Signals Not Ignored -- Crew's Hardships ...
  • Terrible Sufferings of Shipwrecked Crews
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1-2     TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS OF SHIPWRECKED CREWS _______ How Turret Chief and L. C. Waldo Were Dashed on the Rocks -- The Crews Almost Fozen, Were for Many Hours Without Food or Shelter _______

    (Special Despatch to The Globe.)

    Calumet, Mich., Nov. 11 ...

    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1-2   TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS OF SHIPWRECKED CREWS _______ How Turret Chief and L. C. Waldo Were Dashed on the Rocks -- The Crews Almost Fozen, Were for Many Hours Without Food or ...
  • Lower Lakes Swept by Snow and Wind
    NewspaperText  Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 10 Nov 1913, p. 5     Lower Lakes Swept by Snow and Wind _______ Most Severe Gale of Season prevails in Detroit District. Boats Safe. _______

    DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 9 -- The most severe snow and wind storm of the season prevailed over this section of the great lakes today and ships of ...

    NewspaperText  Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 10 Nov 1913, p. 5   Lower Lakes Swept by Snow and Wind _______ Most Severe Gale of Season prevails in Detroit District. Boats Safe. _______

    DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 9 -- The most severe snow and ...

  • Investigation Into the Stranding of the Steamship Turret Chief
    NewspaperText  Canadian Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), Jan 1914, p. 44     Investigation Into the Stranding of the Steamship Turret Chief

    An investigation into the stranding of the Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation Co's. s.s. Turret Chief in Lake Superior, near Copper harbor, Keweenaw Point, U.S., on Nov. 8, was held at Kingston, Ont., Nov. 21 by ...

    NewspaperText  Canadian Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), Jan 1914, p. 44   Investigation Into the Stranding of the Steamship Turret Chief

    An investigation into the stranding of the Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation Co's. s.s. Turret Chief in Lake Superior, near Copper ...

  • Details of Toronto Vessels Wrecked
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1, 3     DETAILS OF TORONTO VESSELS WRECKED _______ Three of Them Swept on Rocks in the Great Storm _______ OWNERS AND OFFICERS _______ A Brother of Engineer Lougheed of the Wexford Leaves for Goderich -- The Merchants' Mutual Line of This City a Heavy ...
    NewspaperText  Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, 1, 3   DETAILS OF TORONTO VESSELS WRECKED _______ Three of Them Swept on Rocks in the Great Storm _______ OWNERS AND OFFICERS _______ A Brother of Engineer Lougheed of the Wexford Leaves ...
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Great Storm of 1913