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Point Pelee, ON (Lake Erie) Schooner GRACE E. GRIBBIE Lost, Apr 1902

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LOST IN LAKE ERIE.

SCHOONER GRACE E. GRIBBIE WRECKED AND THREE OF CREW DROWNED.

Kingsville, April 28. -- Within sight of land with a life-saving crew from Point Pelee going to the rescue and but a mile away from them, three members of the crew of the schooner Grace E. Gribbie were drowned Saturday afternoon.
The old schooner was loaded with coal from Ashtabula to St. Ignace and for many hours had been battling with a terrific southeast storm, which all day was sweeping Lake Erie. She became waterlogged, struck the bottom and three hours after went to pieces and left the crew struggling in the water with nothing better than hatch covers and stray bits of wreckage to which to cling.
The men realized they could not longer handle the boat as she became unmanageable in the heavy sea and in her waterlogged condition. They took to the rigging after hoisting signals of distress and then waited for aid which they knew would soon arrive as they were within a few miles of the shore. The Gribbie could not stand the strain, piece by piece she broke apart and every man was for himself and left to whatever resources he could pick up.
Captain THOMAS WILSON, and two men, more dead than alive, were washed ashore. Thrown upon the beach two miles below Leamington and picked up by fishermen. WILSON was unconscious and his men were too weak from their struggle with the storm to tell more than that there were three others on the wreck. The life saving crew, which was on its way from the end of Point Pelee, could not reach the scene of the wreck.

The Drowned.
Sandusky, O., April 28. -- The fishing steamer Louise which arrived here today brought the survivors and the story of the lake disaster. The schooner Grace Gribbie, of Cleveland, Capt. JAMES WILSON, went to pieces on Point Pelee, Saturday and three of the crew were drowned.
The names are:
LEVI FULLER, sailor, Port Hope, Mich.
COLLEGE BENDIXON, sailor, Port Hope, Mich.
WM. ROACHE, mate, Cleveland.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1902-04-30

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