Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Terrific Gales on the Inland Seas Drive Ships to Disaster
Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1-2
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Terrific Gales on the Inland Seas Drive Ships to Disaster
Big Freighter, Abandoned, is Found Drifting
Overturned Steel Steamer Is Discovered Floating in Lake Huron, About Eight Miles Northeast of Port Huron -- Wreckers See No Distinguishing Mark.
Captain Reid Says He Believes the Derelict to Be a 600-Footer That Had a Crew of About Forty Men--Fears All On Board Have Been Lost.

PORT HURON, MIch., Nov. 10.--A large steel freighter, overturned, was found floating on Lake Huron late today, about eight miles northeast of Port Huron. Captain Reid of the wrecking crew, which was located here, arrived here tonight and said her name had not been learned when he left the scene. It is believed she was abandoned during the terrific gale which swept the lake yesterday.

Captain Reid said a heavy sea was running when the freighter was sighted, and there was no distinguishing mark to identify her.

Marine men think the boat may be an ore carrier which became uncontrollable in the storm and shifted her cargo.

Captain Reid returned to the scene with a wrecking tug tonight.

Captain Reid said he believed the steamer to be a 600-footer, and that she had carried a crew of about 40 men.

"I have no doubt," he said, "that every soul on board has been lost."

The wreck lies in the path of the steamers navigating Lake Huron, and Captain Reid said the tug would stand by to warn vessels of the danger. No attempt, he said, would be made to go alongside the derelict tonight.

Steamer Acadian Aground.

ALPENA, Mich., Nov. 10.--The steamer Acadian, a 300-foot steel freighter, owned by the Merchants Mutual line of Toronto, is hard aground on a reef in Thunder bay, seven miles off this port. Capt. Robert McIntyre and his crew are believed to be saved.

Havoc at Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, Nov. 10.--The most severe early winter storm in many years enfolded Cleveland and immediate vicinity Sunday afternoon, evening and night, and Monday morning, doing many thousand dollars' damage. Communication with the [p. 2] outside world by telegraph and telephone, rail or water was cut off for 30 hours.

Railroad trains were from 12 to 18 hours late. Hundreds of telephone poles in the city were blown down and not only was street car traffic tied up, but the entangling of wires, many of them heavily charged, kept the most [sic] of the pedestrians off the streets. Driven by a wind which reached a velocity of nearly 75 miles an hour Sunday night, the snow fell to a depth of from five inches to five feet in the drift.


Reproduced Columbus Caraval [sic] Blown on Bar.

ERIE, Pa., Nov. 10.--As a result of the severe wind and snowstorm which struck Erie Sunday night, the Santa Maria, a reproduction of Columbus' caravel, was torn from its moorings today and carried onto a sandbar outside the harbor. Tugs gave up the attempt to release her tonight and it is feared it will be impossible to save the craft. The Santa Maria and the Pinta and Nina, sister caravels, were in winter quarters here, en route to San Francisco.


Lives Probably Lost in Marine disasters

DETROIT. Nov. 10-- While no lives are known to have been lost in the terrific gales which have swept the Great Lakes since last Sunday night, there seemed little doubt tonight that many sailors have perished. A dozen or more staunch freighters have been driven ashore, one steamer capsized and scores of other craft have been driven to shelter in widely scattered harbors.

Probably the worst of these disasters is the loss of an unidentified freighter which was found bottom-up in Lake Huron late this afternoon. The ship apparently was a 600-foot steel freighter, but until daylight tomorrow her name cannot be learned. There is no trace of the crew, which numbered about 40, and vesselmen tonight expressed the belief that all hands had perished.

Among the ships known to have gone aground but believed to have suffered no great damage are: Steamers Mathew Andrews and the Hawgood, at Weesbeach on the Canadian shore opposite Port Huron; the steamer Virginia, in Livingstone channel lower Detroit river; steamer W. G. Pollock, St. Clair ship canal.

In addition to these several boats are missing, and, while they have not been sighted for 36 hours, hopes are entertained that they may be sheltered in remote harbors along the shores of the upper lakes.

Reports from all ports showed a reduction of the strength of the wind and most of the endangered ships can probably be reached tomorrow.

Rescued Tell Stories of Hardship and Peril

CHICAGO, Nov. 10.--The captain, mate and crew of five of the schooner J. G. Boyce, with lumber from Fosterville, Canada, were rescued today after a night spent lashed in the rigging of their vessel, which was dragging her anchor three miles off the harbor mouth after an unsuccessful attempt to enter. They told stories of hardship and peril in the storm when they were brought ashore by the United States life saving crew. The Boyce was brought in by wrecking tugs.

"The storm struck us about 10 o'clock Sunday morning," said Captain Norem. "The wind was from the north and we were obliged to strip off everything but the head sails and run before the gale. The schooner was washed repeatedly by heavy seas that broke clear over her. Off the Chicago harbor entrance we vainly tried to get sail on her to bring her in. I was forced to send up distress signals.

"The life savers responded in their motor lifeboat, but were unable to do anything for us. I would not abandon her. We got two anchors over and tried to ride it out. The schooner dragged and about daybreak we were getting close to shore, where we could plainly see the breakers."

The anchors held here, however, and the crew of the Boyce were taken out of the rigging suffering from frozen limbs and exhaustion. The men are all from Milwaukee. They are Capt. N. G. Norem, C. H. Jorgensen, mate, and Seamen Harry Knutsen, Peter Olsen, Forrest Angwald, Martin Hope and A. R. Olson.

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Date of Publication
11 Nov 1913
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McIntyre, Robert ; Norem, N.G ; Jorgensen, C. H. ; Knutsen, Harry ; Olsen, Peter ; Angwald, Forrest ; Hope, Martin ; Olson, A. R.
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Merchants Mutual Line
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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 46.78327 Longitude: -92.10658
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Terrific Gales on the Inland Seas Drive Ships to Disaster