Huron Islands, MI (Lake Superior) Vessel GEORGE NESTER Lost, Apr 1909
TWO VESSELS SINK IN STORM ON LAKE.
SEVEN MEMBERS OF CREW OF THE SCHOONER NESTER GO TO A WATERY GRAVE.
SHIP BROKEN IN PIECES.
Detroit, Mich., May 1 -- George Nester of this city, owner of the schooner George Nester, received a telegram today from Baraga, Mich., announcing the loss of the schooner George Nester with all of her crew.
The telegram came from the captain of the steamer Schoolcraft, which was towing the George Nester.
The George Nester struck a reef off the Huron Islands, northwest of here. There were seven men on board. Their names are not known here.
In tow of the Schoolcraft, the vessel was bound for Baraga to load. The lighthouse tender Marigold was directly behind her. Small boats could not live in the heavy seas and the Marigold attempted to rescue the Nester's crew by means of life lines. This attempt was unsuccessful. The Nester went to pieces fast and in a short time she was a total loss and all those on board had perished.
The Marigold arrived here this morning with news of the disaster. She brought an injured man, a member of her own crew, who, in aiding in the attempted rescue had been hit by a piece of floating wreckage and had suffered a broken shoulder.
The schooner George Nester was built in 1887 and is named for her owner, a resident of Detroit. She was 205 feet long, 35 feet beam and had a registered net tonnage of 751.
Life Boat Helpless.
Marquette, Mich., May 1. -- Frank Witte, kepper of the lighthouse first observed the Nester's spotlight and gave warning of the impending disaster to the United States lighthouse tender Marigold, but because of the high seas the Marigold could do nothing. A life boat was manned and sent to the scene of the wreck, but all the crew had perished. The Nester was in tow of the steamer Schoolcraft and was bound from the Soo to Baraga where it was to load lumber at the Nester mills. The tow line parted and five minutes later the Nester was swept on the rocks.
Racine Daily Journal Wisconsin 1909-05-01