Lake Erie, OH Great Lake Storm, Oct 1916
BIG LAKE ERIE STORM TAKES MANY LIVES.
REPORTS OF LOST VESSELS REACH PORTS SATURDAY.
AGED CAPTAIN AND TWO MEMBERS OF CREW TAKE TUG TO PORT -- BARGE CREW LOST.
Cleveland, Oct. 21. -- (AP) -- The steamer F. G. Hartwell, with 10 survivors of the foundered steamer Mashall F. Butters, came into Fairport this afternoon. One member of the Butters' crew was lost. The other three members of the crew were brought into Cleveland on the steamer F. R. Billings, last night.
Detroit, Oct. 21. -- Manned only by its captain, ROBERT MAINES, 75, and two members of the tug Shaunrbue, of Detroit, was brought safely to Pelee Island, Ont., today. The vessel was disabled in the terrific storm on Lake Erie, last night. A tug, early this morning, took five members of the crew off. Captain MAINES and two members of the crew refused to leave the tug.
Cleveland, Oct. 21. -- The Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company office here today received a wireless message from the captain of its passenger steamer, Western States, which left Detroit for Cleveland, yesterday morning, that he was standing by the wreck of the Barge D. L. Flier, off Bar Point and that six of the crew were drowned and one had been taken on board the Western States.
The Flier was in tow of the steam barge, Tempest, coal laden, Buffalo to Saugatuck, Mich., and was left at anchor off Bar Point while the Tempest proceded to Toledo for an additional tow. After being left by the Tempest, the Flier dragged her anchor six miles in the storm and them foundered.
Captain JOHN MATTISON, of Muskegon, Mich., was the only member of the crew saved.
Cleveland, Oct. 21. -- Steamer F. G. Hartwell, with 11 survivors of the wreck of the steamer Marshall F. Butters, which foundered yesterday afternoon, in Lake Erie, had not arrived in Fairport harbor here today, as anticipated, and no word has come from the craft so there is still doubt if there was loss of life when the Butters went down.
The Butters carrying a cargo of lumber to Cleveland, foundered in a heavy gale, while two other steamers stood by, powerless to help.
The survivors, according to Capt. F. B. CODY, of the Billings, were taken aboard the steamer F. B. Hartwell of the Tomlinson fleet.
Foundering in a 60-mile gale, the Butters, a wooden craft of comparatively light tonnage, was swept helplessly in the trough of heavy seas for hours before the crew finally decided to abandon her.
The Billings and the Hartwell had watched the smaller vessel for several hours and proceeded in her direction in response to her distress signals.
Roughness of the seas made it impossible to send life lines to the foundering vessel. The crew of the Billings poured gallons of oil overboard in an effort to smooth the surface of the waves. The Butters was careening about like a mere shell, in momentary danger of crashing into the two larger vessels.
Waves were washing the decks, tearing away the deck load of lumber when the crew finally lowered the life boats. All except three got away from the ship safely in the boats.
A giant wave, sweeping up under the last life boat, tore it away from the side of the sinking vessel before the last three had dropped down the ropes.
The next moment the nose of the Butters was buried in the seas, and the vessel quickly sank beneath the surface.
The three men left aboard by the last life boat jumped over the side as the vessel took its final plunge and hung to pieces of wreckage. It was 30 minutes before the crew of the Billings could rescue them. They were taken aboard in a serious condition half frozen from their immersion.
Evening Independent Massillon Ohio 1916-10-21
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