Great Lake Locations "Great Gale of 1913", Nov 1913
Cleveland, Nov. 14. -- Officials of the companies, managing the steamers Argus, Hydrus and the Isaac M. Scott gave out the information this morning that in their beliefs the vessels are sunk.
Although they said they have received no word which would throw any light on the fates of the steamers the finding of wreckage of the Hydrus and the Argus at Goderich, Ont., have made them pessimistic.
Kincardine, Ont., Nov. 14. -- A body in a life belt which was marked "Argus" and which drifted ashore at Dairy, bore the name of Tom Nelsen, of Buffalo. Nine bodies are reported found on the shore near Point Clark and wreckage from the steamer Argus strews the shore line.
Toronto, Nov. 14. -- A body wearing a life belt with the mark, "James A. Carruthers" upon it was washed ashore at Alberly this afternoon and two identified bodies are reported found north of Goderich, Ont., and it is reported this afternoon from Goderich that the bodies of eight men and one woman were found on the shore of Lake Huron in the vicinity of the Clark lightship. one body bore papers with the name J. Evans, Detroit.
Added to the long list of vessels lost during the season just ending is the steamer Major, which, it is believed sank in Lake Superior Thursday night, having been deserted by the crew at about noon Thursday afternoon.
The Major was coal laden out of Cleveland, having cleared that port Tuesday morning at 5:25. She was a wooden vessel, built in 1889, and was 280 feet in length. She was owned by John Mitchell of Cleveland. She looked through Thursday morning.
Her crew consisted of 15 officers and men. They were rescued by the steamer A. M. Byers and brought to the Canadian Soo, arriving in this city this morning. They are now at the Superior House.
Members of the crew this morning informed The Evening News that the Major began to make bad weather when she had reached a point about 30 miles off Whitefish yesterday afternoon. A terrific gale blew up from the north, north-west at about 2 o'clock. As long as the Major had plenty of steam she was kept ahead up to the sea, but shortly after the storm broke her steam pipes sprang a leak, her power was greatly decreased and as soon as she fell into the trough of the sea she started to leak badly.
Mountains of water seemed to pile upon the time worn vessel and she started to go to pieces. Much of her upper works were carried away within a few minutes and she was being terribly pounded when the steamer Byers managed to get a line to the doomed vessel and the men were taken off. Not a man saved any of his belongings except the clothing which he wore. Every man was glad to escape with his life.
"The Major was rapidly going to pieces when she was abandoned. The old tub seemed to be crumbling like so much chalk," remarked a member of the crew this morning. "I never imagined that a boat could go to pieces in such a short time."
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