Pelee Island, ON Steamer GEORGE DUNBAR Sunk, June 1902
LAKE ERIE CLAIMS SEVEN MORE VICTIMS.
STEAMER GEORGE DUNBAR WENT DOWN IN THE GALE SUNDAY MORNING, AND SEVEN ARE MISSING.
CAPTAIN LITTLE, HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER WERE SAVED AFTER A TERRIBLE STRUGGLE WITH THE SEAS IN A SMALL BOAT --WERE WASHED ONTO THE BEACH.
In the terrible storm which swept Lake Erie Saturday night and Sunday morning, the steambarge George Dunbar, bound from Cleveland to Alpena, with coal, foundered, and it is now certain that seven perished, while three were rescued.
Those missing, and supposed to be dead are:
Mate MYRON TUTTLE, of Cleveland.
Engineer JOHNSON, of Buffalo.
Wheelsman ECK, of Sheboygan.
Fireman CHARLES WASHIE.
Three sailors, names not known.
Those rescued are:
Captain JOHN LITTLE, owner and master of the vessel.
MRS. JOHN LITTLE, wife of the captain.
MISS LITTLE, a daughter.
Old Lake Erie has claimed seven more victims. In the vicinity of the islands so far this season, three vessels have gone down in storms, and thirteen lives have been lost. This list, headed by the M. P. Barkalow and the Grace Gribble, is concluded with the Dunbar. The story of suffering danger and heroism in the last case surpasses the others, while the loss is more appalling.
The Dunbar left Cleveland Saturday night, loaded with coal, and bound for Alpena. It was rather rough as she left the harbor, and headed for the west, but all went well for several hours. On board the ill-fated vessel were ten souls, including the captain's wife and daughter. The captain also owned the vessel.
During the night, the storm increased in fury, and the little vessel was tossed about on the great waves. She was an old vessel, and she could not stand the strain, and shortly after midnight, she sprang a leak. The pumps were started, and for a time, they kept the water down, but the seams in the hull were parting wider and wider, and soon the water began to gain. This made the vessel helpless, as she lay low in the water, and it was soon apparent that she would be lost. She was on dangerous ground, too, drifting toward the islands, where she was liable at any moment to strike on a hidden reef. The torrents of rain made it impossible to see anything.
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