St. Louis, MO Skiff Capsized, May 1901



A skiff containing three men capsized at the foot of Locust Street at 2 p.m. yesterday, and two of them were drowned. The bodies have not yet been recovered. The man who was saved is CHARLES C. WRIGHT of East St. Louis, formerly a barkeeper in St. Charles, Mo. JOSEPH BROWN, also of St. Charles, was one of the men drowned. The name of the third man has not yet been learned.
WRIGHT reached St. Louis on board the Georgia Lee from Memphis with his wife and four children, the eldest 6 years of age. The party left the boat at daylight. At noon WRIGHT returned to the boat for his effects, two large trunks and a barrel of flour. These he put into a skiff manned by JOSEPH BROWN and another man, and they started for the East St. Louis shore.
Carpenter James C. Hays of the Grey Eagle noticed the men pushing off from shore and remarked to a roustabout that they would be capsized if they were not more careful. The skiff came from behind the Georgia Lee, around the Grey Eagle and Spread Eagle, and in trying to round the bow of the Spread Eagle, was capsized.
WRIGHT managed to scramble out onto the wheel of the Spread Eagle but the other two men were sucked under the bow by the current and drowned. What became of WRIGHT after he scrambled ashore is not known.
Shortly after the accident the capsized skiff and what some of the rivermen believed was one of the bodies floated past the foot of Papin Street, and the tug Susie Hazard put out for them. Watchman Herman Swickey of the barge at the foot of Chouteau Avenue went out in a skiff. He said afterwards that the object with the boat was a human body. A roustabout on the tug caught the floating mass with a boat hook and attempted to draw it aoard, but his hold broke and the object sank. The tug people claimed afterwards that the object was only a lot of clothing. They made no attempt to seek for it after it sank. They recovered the skiff, in which were a crosscut saw and a double-barreled shotgun.

St. Louis Republic Missouri 1901-05-25