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Big Sable Point, MI (Lake Michigan) Barge ARCADIA Lost, Apr 1907

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ARCADIA IS LOST -- ALL HOPE FOR THE MISSING BARGE IS GONE.

NEARLY A SCORE WENT DOWN WITH ILL-FATED CRAFT.

WRECKAGE WHICH CAME ASHORE AT PENTWATER IDENTIFIED.

BOILER MAY HAVE BLOWN UP ACCORDING TO BELIEF OF MARINE MEN AT MANISTEE -- HAD A CARGO OF HARDWOOD.

Manistee, Mich., April 23. -- The wooden lumber barge Arcadia, which left this port April 12 for Two Rivers, Wis., with a cargo of hardwood, has undoubtedly been lost in Lake Michigan with her captain and owner, HARRY MAY, and about 12 others.
Marine men here have given her up as lost and will not be surprised to learn that the wreck was caused by a boiler explosion. Some hold the theory that she went down as a result of a big storm April 14. The known persons aboard the Arcadia were:
Capt. HARRY MAY.
MRS. HARRY MAY.
Young Woman Cook, name unknown here.
OTTO CHAVALIA, sailor, Manistee.
HARRY POWERS, sailor, Manistee.
In addition there were eight or nine other members of the crew, names unknown. The cargo was shipped by the State Lumber company of this city to the Hamilton Manufacturing company of Two Rivers.
The boat has not been heard from definitely since she left Manistee. Wreckage has been found along the beach from Pentwater north to Little Point Sable and part of it has been identified as the cargo of the lost craft. Portions of her cabins and bulwarks were found on the beach near Pentwater by the life saving crew. No bodies were found.
The Arcadia is a wooden steamer, 119 feet long, 26 feet beam and 9 feet draft, built in Milwaukee in 1888. She registers 230 tons.

Evening News Sault Ste Marie Michigan 1907-04-23



article | by Dr. Radut