Green Island, WI (Lake Michigan) Steamer J. H. HACKLEY Lost, Oct 1903

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DEATH IN THE BLAST OF OLD BOREAS' BREATH.

SQUALL ON LAKE MICHIGAN SENDS VESSEL TO BOTTOM.

ELEVEN LIVES ARE LOST.

SEVEN RESCUED AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF DIRE PERIL.

[By Telegraph to The Age]
Marinette, Wis., Oct. 5. -- Eleven lives were lost by the capsizing of the steamer J. H. Hackley during a squall on Lake Michigan.
The steamer Sheboygan rescued the other seven persons on board the Hackley after they had floated about on the wreckage. Report of the disaster reached Marinette. The Hackley was struck by the squall when seven miles off Green Island. The upper work was blown away before the men could reach a haven. The boat then turned over and went down in deep water.
As the Hackley went to the bottom those who would and could seized on floating pieces of wreckage, while the women and three or four of the men, failing to find any object to which to cling, sank in the raging sea, so far as is known.
The waves were rolling high and several of those who at first saved themselves from immediate death lost strength and sank. It was several hours after the Hackley sank before the Sheboygan hove within hailing distance. The shouts of the floating men attracted the attention of the sailors on the Sheboygan and every assistance was lent.
The roughness of the lake made rescue slow, but the officers of the Sheboygan feel sure that they took aboard every person afloat. Some of the persons who were rescued say that it is possible that one or more of the 11 persons missing have escaped death. This view is not given much credence by the sailors of the Sheboygan.
The Sheboygan made into Fish Creek when hope of rescuing other persons seemed improbable. The rescued persons were so exhausted from their struggle against drowning that they were unable for some time to tell anything about the wreck.
The persons saved by the Sheboygan say that with the crashing way of the upper work all persons aboard the Hackley ran on deck. Hasty preparations for a plunge into the water were begun, but before any plans could be carried out the boat listed, turned over and went down like a rock.
Search is still making for any person who may have escaped death and for the bodies of those who were drowned.
The drowned:
GEORGE LECLAIRE, JR., Jackson Port, Wis.
JOSEPH VORUS, captain of the Hackley, Fish Creek.
EDNA BARRINGER, Fish Creek.
LAWRENCE BARRINGER, Fish Creek.
H. RABLETOY, Fish Creek.
CARL KELKY, Fish Creek.
MISS FRANCES VINCENT.
MISS VINCENT'S sister, Egg Harbor, Wis.
FREEMAN THORP, Fish Creek.
NELS NELSON, Sturgeon Bay.
FRANK FITZGIBBONS, Jackson Port.
The rescued:
FRANK BLAKEFIELD, purser, Fish Creek.
ORRIN ROLLIN, engineer, Fish Creek.
MILTON HANSEN.
BLAINE McSWEENEY, Fish Creek.
MARTIN OLSEN, O. OLSEN, R. ROGENDORF,
of Ellison Bay, Wis.
The Hackley was a 54-ton screw steamer which was built at Muskegon, Mich., in 1882. The Hackley was owned in Fish Creek by Captain Vorous and other residents of that village. The steamer made a trip every other day between Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island, going up one day and back the next.

Coshocton Age Ohio 1903-10-06