Wheeling, WV Yacht GERTRUDE Capsized, May 1890

THE YACHT CAPSIZED.

ACCIDENT BY WHICH A NUMBER OF PERSONS WERE THROWN INTO THE OHIO RIVER AND ONE MAN WAS DROWNED.

Wheeling, W. Va., May 9. -- Architect E. W. WELLS was drowned and a dozen others had very narrow escapes from the same fate Wednesday afternoon. About five o'clock the ball game ended and the people in attendance flocked down Front Street on the island to the landing of the naphtha yacht, to be transported to the city.
Sixteen passengers, two of them ladies, crowded into the yacht Gertrude and started across the river.
When three-fourth of the way over a lady's dress caught in a pulley block through which a tiller rope ran and the yacht became unmanageable and upset.
W. WELLS and DAVID BROOKS, of the Wheeling Mining and Manufacturing Company.
WILLIAM ENGLISH, secretary of the baseball association.
WILLIAM McLAUGHLIN, a business man, were swept under the yacht.
The three last named were rescued in an unconscious condition, but were resusciated. Architect WELLS was drowned. The other occupants of the yacht were rescued.

Salem Daily News Ohio 1890-05-09