Avon Point, OH (Lake Erie) Tug ADMIRAL Sinks, Dec 1942

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LAKE ERIE TUG SINKS IN GALE; 14 MEN DROWN.

BOAT FOUNDERS NEAR CLEVELAND; BARGE AND CREW ADRIFT.

Cleveland, Dec. 2 -- Fourteen men drowned before dawn today as the 85-foot tug Admiral, swept by strong, freezing winds, went down off Avon Point, 15 miles northwest of Cleveland.
Officials of Cleveland Tankers, Inc., which operated the wood-hulled, 94-ton tug for the Allied Oil Co., said at noon they had abandoned hope that any of the crew, under Capt. JOHN O. SWANSON of River Rouge, Mich., had survived.
Another 19 seamen aboard the oil barge Cleveco, commanded by Capt. William H. Smith of Cleveland, awaited rescue from their powerless 250-foot craft as Coast Guard cutters, tugs and the Civil air patrol fruitlessly searched the area for tug survivors. The barge was at anchor off Avon Point.
The offices of Cleveland Tankers, Inc., and Allied Oil Co., said the tug Admiral had the following crew, all missing and presumed lost.
Capt. JOHN O. SWANSON, River Rouge, Mich., master.
WILLIAM R. COWATT, Cleveland, first mate.
HAROLD HANNINEN, Cleveland, second mate.
WILLIAM D. ROCKS, Cleveland, chief engineer.
FRANCIS SHANNON, Ashtabula, O., first assistant second engineer.
BERT HAAHR, Detroit, second assistant engineer.
JOHN TIERNEY, JOHN O'CONNOR, JOHN CAHILL, wheelsmen, all of Cleveland.
NEIL CHAMBERS and GEORGE CHAMBERS, both of Cleveland, and ALEXANDER BALDWIN of (517 Quay St.) Port Huron, Mich., firemen.
JERRY GIRARD, Chicago, utility man.
ROBERT J. DUNDON, Cleveland, steward.
Vesselmen expressed belief most of the crew had been trapped below deck, with only the night watch on duty. The tug was en route from Toledo to Cleveland.
The Cleveland weather bureau authorized a statement that strong winds and freezing weather swept Lake Erie at the time of the mishap.
The Admiral formerly was named the George H. Meyer. It was an 89-foot woodhulled vessel built in 1888.

News-Palladium Michigan 1942-12-02