Fairport, OH (Lake Erie) Steamer QUEEN OF THE WEST Sinking, Aug 1903

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ORE STEAMER QUEEN OF THE WEST SINKS.

THE CREW OF FIFTEEN MEN AND TWO DAUGHTERS OF ENGINEER RESCUED.

Cleveland, O., Aug. 21. -- The Ore steamer Queen of the West bound from Cleveland to Erie sank a few miles off Fairport, Ohio yesterday. The crew of fifteen men and two daughters of the engineer were rescued by the steamer Codorus bound up the lakes.
When the Cordorus went alongside the Queen of the West water was washing over her decks. In trying to board the Codorus, PATRICK MAY of Baltimore, wheelman on the Queen of the West fell between the two vessels. His breast and three ribs were crushed. His injuries are serious.
The chief engineer of the boat was G. H. DROUILLARD of Toledo. His two daughters, JENNIE and MABEL had a narrow escape from drowning. S. B. MASSEY of Ogdensburg, N.Y. was Captain of the Queen and WILLIAM DOYLE alos of Ogdensburg, second in command.
MRS. LUCY SMITH, wife of the steward, ALFRED SMITH of Toledo, was also on the boat.
The other men on board were:
BERT MILLER, Bay City, Mich.; THOMAS KING, Chicago; JACOB HAMMOND, Chicago; CHARLES THOMPSON, Milwaukee; and several Cleveland men.
The lost boat was valued at $20,000 and had a cargo of 1,500 tons of ore. The vessel sprung a leak from some cause or other and rapidly filled with water.
The Captain of the Queen said that the vessel was in distress when but a few miles out of Cleveland. The crew was immediately called to man the pumps, but so rapidly did the water enter the sinking vessel that her crew was on the verge of despair when the Codorus answered her signals of distress.

Piqua Daily Call Ohio 1903-08-21