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Grubb's Reef, ON (Lake Erie) Steamer GEORGE STONE Wreck, Oct 1909

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SIX DROWNED IN EFFORT TO SAVE CREW OF SHIP.

STEAMER WRECKED AT POINT PELEE IN LAKE ERIE -- MANY SAVED.

CAPTAIN AND FIVE MEN DROWNED SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN ROW BOAT.

STEAMER SPRUNG A LEAK, THE WATER POURING IN SO FAST PUMPS COULD NOT REMOVE IT -- VESSEL LANDS ON REEF.

Detroit, Mich., Oct. 13 -- The steamer George Stone, of Cleveland, was wrecked at Point Pelee in Lake Erie today. Six lives were lost and twelve saved. The captain, one passenger, and six members of the crew capsized in attempting to go ashore for assistance. Two of the crew clung to the overturned boat for four hours until it drifted ashore. Six were drowned and the remaining ten members of the crew were taken off the wreck by the steamer Osborne and brought to Detroit.
The dead:
Captain PAUL HOWELL.
PETER DAILEY, Erie, passenger.
WILLIAM HENRY, South Chicago.
Cook LUCAS.
WILLIAM BOYER.
Watchman, name unknown.
The George Stone was en route to Ashtabula from Racine with coal. Last night the pumps were found to be unequal to remove the water that poured into the hold through the seams of the wooden ship strained by stormy seas. The vessel drifted and water-logged until it struck Grubbs Reef five miles off Point Pelee. The danger of breaking to pieces caused the captain and part of the crew to try to get ashore for assistance. They had gone part way when the steel life boat capsized and left the eight men struggling in the icy breakers. Mate HINDLE and Wheelsman CONNER are the two survivors, cared for by the light house keeper. When the crew left aboard was taken off by the Osborne, after many perilous attempts, the George Stone's upper works had disappeared.

Waterloo Times-Tribune Iowa 1909-10-14

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