Point Pelee, ON (Lake Erie) Steamer CLARION Wrecked, Dec 1909

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VESSEL BURNS -- FATE OF THIRTEEN SAILORS IS YET UNKNOWN.

STR. CLARION DESTROYED NEAR POINT PELEE, LAKE ERIE.

TWO MEN LOST THEIR LIVES AND SIX ARE RESCUED.

CAPTAIN AND TWELVE MEN TOOK TO LIFE BOATS AND THEY MAY STARVE, FREEZE OR BE DROWNED IN THE LAKE.

Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 9. -- Two men lost their lives and the fate of 12 others are unknown as a result of the burning of the steamer Clarion near Point Pelee, Lake Erie, early today. Six members of the crew were taken from the Clarion by the steamer L. C. Hanna and brought here and then rushed to the train for the Buffalo headquarters of the Anchor line.
All of the crew attempted to leave the Clarion as soon as it was ascertained that she could not be saved. Captain BELL of Ogdensburg and 12 others took to life boats. They are left without food and shelter.
It is feared that they will either starve or freeze if not drowned in the high seas.
The survivors say one of the crew fell overboard attempting to get into the lifeboat, but later was taken out of the water and taken with those in the lifeboat. He was wet in a temperature near to zero but it is considered likely that he will survive.
The mate was frozen to death. He became overcome by smoke and was exposed to the weather too long before being discovered. An effort was made by the six survivors to enter another lifeboat, but it eluded them. One sailor fell overboard and was drowned in his efforts to save the lifeboat.
The men were forced to remain on the Clarion. They were later picked up by the steamer L. C. Hanna and brought here. The Clarion is a 1,700 ton steel boat, and was bound from Erie to lay up.
The cause of the fire is not known.
Capt. THOMAS BELL of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
First Mate JAMES THOMPSON of Buffalo.
Second Mate MELVILLE BRADSHAW.
Seaman THOMAS HOWLETT of Buffalo.
Wheelsman THOMAS OLSON.
Wheelsman DAVID _________.
Oiler JAMES McCAULEY.
Steward HARVEY LAVIS.
Porter FELIX O'HARE.
Three, names unknown, left in life boat.

Evening News Sault Ste. Marie Michigan 1909-12-09