Yorkshire Island, ON (Lake Ontario) Barge HIAWATHA Wreck, Sep 1917

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SIX PERSONS DROWNED IN LAKE ONTARIO.

BARGE HIAWATHA FOUNDERS AND ONLY THE CAPTAIN IS SAVED.

ONE WOMAN IS LOST -- DROWNS WITH INFANT WHEN YAWL IS OVERTURNED IN HEAVY SEA.

Oswego, Sept. 20. -- Lake Ontario took another heavy toll of life early today when six persons, including two women and a baby, were drowned from the barge Hiawatha, ten miles off Galloups Islands and forty miles northeast of Oswego.
Capt. ALVINE LALONDE was the only survivor picked up by the steamer McVitte. He reported two women and a 4-months-old child were among the victims.
The Hiawatha left here last night at 6 o'clock with 900 tons of coal, with the barge Hilda, and was in tow of the powerful tug Magnolia.
The lake was calm, but just before reaching Galloups Islands the boats ran into a heavy storm from the southwest.
About 2 o'clock this morning the Hiawatha sprung a leak and Captain LALONDE lowered life boats.
The women and child and three men of the crew jumped into the boat but the heavy waves drove the boat away from the sinking craft and when Captain LALANDE jumped he missed the boat.
He secured a piece of hatchway cover and kept afloat for four hours.
The yawl drifted away and Captain LALONDE saw the boat afloat, but before he could reach the craft he saw it sink and disappear with the entire crew.
When he reached the spot there was no sign of the boat or its occupants. Later, about 6 o'clock, when picked up by Capt. Albert Lalonde, ALVINE LALONDE was almost exhausted.
The McVitte with LALONDE aboard, reached here at 9 o'clock this morning.
The victims all lived at Valleyfield, Que., and are as follows:
A. EBERT, mate.
JOSEPH TIVERGE, seaman.
O. ENEAR, wife and 4-months-old child.
Madame MENETTE.
Captain tug Dorchester, who was a passenger on the Hiawatha.
The Hiawatha was at the end of the tow and foundered quickly with the Hilda attached. Captain Graham of the Magnolia was unable in the storm to effect a rescue.

Syracuse Herald New York 1917-09-20