Eagle Harbor, MI (Lake Superior) Steamer S. R. KIRBY Wreck, May 1916
TWENTY LAKE SEAMEN LOST WITH STEAMER.
S. R. KIRBY OF NORTHWESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY OF DETROIT IS SUNK OFF EAGLE HARBOR.
ONLY TWO MEN WERE SAVED.
BOAT IS REPORTED TO HAVE BROKEN IN TWO AND FOUNDERED AND THOUGH CAUSE IS NOT DEFINITELY KNOWN, IT IS SUPPOSED THAT THE STRAIN OF FIGHTING THE HEAVY SEAS IN GALE ON LAKE SUPERIOR YESTERDAY HAD WEAKENED THE BOAT.
(By Associated Press)
Calumet, Mich., May 9 -- A fifty-two mile gale whipped Lake Superior Sunday night and yesterday and is driving all the boats in this region to seek shelter. The Calumet wireless station reported all ships safe. Considerable damage was done by the heavy wind in the copper country. Telegraph and telephone communication in many places was disturbed.
Duluth, Minn., May 9. -- Twenty lives were the toll of death in the first steamer loss on the great lakes this season, when the steamer S. R. Kirby of the Northwestern Transportation company of Detroit foundered yesterday morning at 11 o'clock off Eagle Harbor, Mich., 194 miles from Duluth with all but two of her crew. Only the second mate, JOSEPH MUDRA, and one other of the crew were saved.
The boat broke in two and foundered. Just what the cause was will never be known, but it is supposed that the strain of fighting the heavy seas that were running in the gale that swept Lake Superior yesterday found some weak spot, although the United States inspectors of hulls and boilers here declare that the Kirby was inspected this spring and found in good condition.
The master of the ship was DAVID GERARD and her chief engineer was SILVESTER SMITH, both from lower lake ports.
Two Men Rescued.
The second mate was brought here this morning by the steamer Berwind, which brought coal, and the steamer Joseph H. Block picked up another of the crew and proceeded down the lake with him. The Berwind tried to rescue another of the crew, who was on a raft, but the man was so exhausted by the buffeting of the waves and by the cold that he fell off the raft and was drowned before aid could reach him.
The steamer Utley, which happened along shortly after the foundering, picked up the Kirby's consort, the George E. Hartnell, and towed her down the lake. She probably will be taken to her destination in Lake Erie.
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