Point Pelee, ON (Lake Erie) Vessel KELLEY ISLAND Wreck, May 1925

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SANDSUCKER CAPSIZES, NINE OF CREW FIND WATERY GRAVE.

NEW STEEL VESSEL TURNS TURTLE IN LAKE ERIE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

Sandusky, O., May 2. -- Nine out of the crew of 16, who were aboard the vessel Kelley Island, sand sucker, when it rolled over in Lake Erie between 1 and 2 o'clock today off Point Pelee were drowned. Seven others, who were aboard, were picked up by the Canadian fish tug, Flossie B, which was passing close to the Kelley Island when it capsized, and were landed at Point Pelee life saving station.
The dead are:
Captain WILLIAM G. STACKFORD, of Sandusky.
WILLIAM STACKFORD, son of Captain STACKFORD, first cook, Sandusky.
FREDERICK HOLDER, of Oak Harbor, chief engineer.
PAUL EVERETT, fireman, of Oak Harbor.
EVERETT MARTIN, deck hand, Sandusky.
OHLY DRISS, first mate, Sandusky.
WM. MYERS, engineer, Sandusky.
TOMMY, second cook, Castalia, O.
The Kelley Island was the newest vessel of the company's fleet. She was a steel boat and had a gross tonnage of 881. Was built at Loraine in 1914.
Of the nine members of the crew who drowned, four were in the hold trying to stop the rush of water through a hole in the side. Captain STACKFORD stayed in the pilot house until the last.

Detroit, Mich., May 2. -- Rough seas, and a shifting cargo rolled over the vessel Kelley Island, sand sucker, in Lake Erie, two miles off the Point Pelee light this afternoon, costing the lives of nine of the 16, the keeper of the light told The Associated Press over the telephone tonight.
The sand sucker was off Point Pelee filling her hold with sand which was to be transported to Cleveland for use in concrete work. Rough seas caused the captain to order the hose through which the sand was sucked to be pulled in. The water filled one partition of the ship, causing a slight shifting of the sand cargo which coupled with the heavy seas, caused the ship to capsize.

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Comments

Slackford

Thank you for posting this story. The captain was my grandfather's brother-in-law. We have several pictures taken of this tragedy.