Dunkirk, NY (Lake Erie) Dredger GEORGE J. WHELAN Sinks, July 1930

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The survivors were reluctant to talk when they reached the coast guard station here. Most of them were in fair condition, coast guardsmen said.
The George J. Whelan was bound from Sandusky, O., to Tonawanda, N.Y., with a load of limestone.
Although a severe electrical storm swept the extreme eastern end of Lake Erie last night the survivors said the lake was calm when the boat foundered.
First intimation of the sinking came in a radio message today from the Smasa Stone, a Pickands, Mather & Co. freighter. The limestone boat had no radio.
Coast guard cutters, 164, 197 and 107 put out today from Buffalo, according to word received here, to look for any other survivors.
Three coast guard boats under Captain McCune of the Erie station also left this morning to search for survivors.
The steamer Donnelly, which Captain McNeill said came up to the Amasa Stone shortly after 8 a.m., may have picked up some survivors, but Captain McNeill doubted that this was so.
The steamer Greater Detroit, bound down the lake from Detroit, was reported standing by the place where the Whelan went down.
The two seamen who had life preservers on when they were rescued were ECHART LANGE and ARTHUR STAMM, both of Sandusky.
LANGE was the first man picked up by the lifeboat. He had attempted to swim ashore.
STAMM, a tall, bronzed youth of 22, was thankful of his swimming ability.
"There was nothing to do but swim for it," STAMM said. "I found myself in the water without a life preserver and sensing the direction of the shore, started out. I must have swam about a mile and my arms had hardly begun to tire when I sighted lights of a ship."
"My cries were heard by the captain of the ship, which happened to be the Amasa Stone. It was short work picking me up, although it was very dark. I sure was glad to see that ship and will always be thankful to her captain."
"I believe I could have made shore all right. It was only about eight miles, they tell me. However, that is chiefly a guess and I have no regrets that I did not have to make that swim."
The vessel will have to be raised before the bodies can be recovered.
Captain WAAGE was a veteran sailor, having served on the Kelleys Island, another vessel of his company, before he was transferred last month to the Whelan.
His wife, Mrs. Margaret Waage, and a daughter are reported to be in Norway on a visit.
The Whelan was a converted steamer, formerly the Claremont. It was known by that name when owned by Sarnia Steamships, Ltd., Port Colborne, Ont.
The vessel was commissioned June 19 as the George J. Whelan, after having been remodled into a self-unloading sandsucker and stone boat.
Captain WAAGE was a native of Norway and had sailed the lakes for 20 years. He was the son-in-law of Captain John O. Harholdt, who lived with him in Cleveland. Captain Harholdt is skipper of the sandsucker Kelley Island.
Two brothers-in-law, Orville and Norman Harboldt, also lived at the same address.

The following revised list of the dead and survivors in Tuesday's lake disaster was prepared after a careful check with officials of the Kelley Island Lime and Transport company. It is believed to be official.
T. J. WAAGE, master, 3581 West Boulevard, Cleveland.
M. J. EMLING, second mate, Cleveland.
ARTHUR A. WALTERS, 39, chief engineer, 324 Camp Street, Sandusky.
CARL A. BLECHELE, 29, first assistant engineer, 332 Tiffin Avenue, Sandusky.
WILLIAM NEUCHELER, 50, second assistant engineer, 350 Tiffin Avenue, Sandusky.
NED DuMURS, derrick operator, Bay City.
CHARLES GODFREY, steward, 1863 E. 57th Street, Cleveland.
MRS. CHARLES GODFREY, assistant steward, same address, Cleveland.
RALPH WEIS, 29, watchman, 1303 Milan Road, Sandusky.
THOMAS PEARCE, fireman, address unknown although believed to have shipped from Sandusky.
ED DONNER, fireman, also listed from Sandusky, address unknown.
JOHN STALEY, fireman, Bay City, Mich.
HARRY BROOKS, 22, oiler, Huron.
W. P. LONGNECKER, 18, deckhand, Sandusky Hotel, Sandusky.
ARTHUR ZECK, 23, watchman, 1438 McKinley Street, Sandusky.
IRVING OHLEMACHER, first mate, 226 Neil Street, Sandusky.
ECKHART LANGE, wheelman, 918 Fulton Street, Sandusky.
CASPER FORESTER, oiler, 480 Stimson Street, Detroit.
WALTER ZECK, oiler, 515 McEwenst Street, Sandusky.
ARTHUR STAMM, wheelman, 1028 Hancock Street, Sandusky.
MAURICE BELLAIR, deckhand, 310 Cherry Street, Washington Court House, Ohio.

Sandusky Register Ohio 1930-07-30