Conneaut, OH (Lake Erie) Ferry BESSEMER AND MARQUETTE NO. 2 Lost, Dec 1909
IN A YAWL BOAT -- GREWSOME FIND MADE IN LAKE ERIE YESTERDAY.
NINE BODIES OF THE CREW OF CAR-FERRY WERE FOUND.
MEN FROZEN STIFF IN DEATH IN HALF SUNKEN YAWL.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE FISHERIES BOAT MAKES FIND -- ALL BELONGED TO Ill-FATED CAR FERRY BESSEMER & MARQUETTE NO. 2.
Erie, Pa., Dec. 13. -- With her flag at half mast, the state fisheries boat, Commodore Perry, Capt. Jerry Driscoll, commanding, came into this port late yesterday with the dead and frozen bodies of nine of the car ferry Bessemer & Marquette No. 2
which left Conneaut, O., Tuesday morning carrying thirty-two men and which has probably foundered in the middle of Lake Erie.
A lookout on the Perry sighted a tiny half-sunken yawl at noon yesterday. The use of glasses discovered the boat to be loaded with nine men. All of the occupants of the boat, which was marked "Bessemer & Marquette No. 4" were frozen stiff in death. Taking the yawl in tow, the Perry arrived here late today.
The news of the finding of the bodies had reached the city and thousands of persons swarmed to the wharves. As soon as the fish boat made fast a force of men with tackles was set to work on raising the dead bodies to the deck, where dead wagons were waiting. Conneaut, O., where most of the men lived, was notified by telephone, and hundreds of residents of that city arrived within two hours.
The following identifications were made:
H. J. THOMAS, second cook, Port Stanley, Ont.
WILLIAM RAY, Conneaut.
J. W. SOUARS, waiter, Conneaut.
GEORGE R. SMITH, steward, Conneaut.
THOMAS STEELE, coal passer, Conneaut.
JOSEPH SHENK, fireman, Conneaut.
JOHN HART, oiler, Conneaut.
L. O'HAGEN, London, Ont.
CHARLES ALLEN, Conneaut.
Treasurer of the Keystone Fire Company and Fair State Iron Works, ALBERT J. WEIS of Erie, was a passenger on the ill-fated boat.
List of the Missing.
Following is a list of the missing as far as known:
Capt. ROBERT R. McLEOD.
First Mate JOHN McLEOD.
Purser R. C. SMITH.
Wheelsmen J. C. CLANAY and W. WILSON.
Watchmen F. ANNIS and F. WALKER.
Chief Engineer E. WOOD.
First Assistant Engineer T. KENNEDY.
Seamen BARRETT; HARVEY; HUGHES; SHARPS and BALL.
Firemen OLSEN; WIGGLESWORTH and COOK.
Oilers WIRTS and SNYDER.
Coal Passers WHINE, HINGE and PATRICK KEEFE.
Waiter G. SWARTZ.
Porter G. LAWRENCE.
Passenger ALBERT J. WEIS, Erie, Pa.
Evening News Sault Ste. Marie Michigan 1909-12-13