Duluth, MN Steamer MATAAFA Disaster, Nov 1905

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NINE OF CREW PERISH, WRECK OF THE MATAAFA.

LIFE SAVERS AT DULUTH LABOR IN VAIN TILL MIDNIGHT TO FIRE LINE TO DISTRESSED STEAMER.

MEN SPEND NIGHT ON SHIP.

THIS MORNING, THE STORM HAVING SOMEWHAT ABATED, FIFTEEN OF THE CREW WERE BROUGHT ASHORE IN BOATS --
WRECK IS BREAKING UP.

Superior, Wis., Nov. 29 -- The weather bureau, which can observe the Mataafa, says she has begun to go to pieces. Her stern has caved in and scattered. Some of the men have landed, but who they are is not known. At 3 a.m., four of her crew were perched inside the steamer's smokestack, supported on the rim by their arms. The water broke around the stack but the men were safe if they did not drop down the funnel from exhaustion. Quite a breeze from the northeast still blows and the sea is still plunging.

Life Savers Futile Work.
Duluth, Minn., Nov. 29. -- Nine dead, including the entire engineering crew of the boat, is the terrible result of the wreck of the steamer Mataafa at the mouth of the Duluth ship canal yesterday afternoon. From the time of the arrival of the life saving crew at five o'clock desperate efforts were made to get a line to the boat, but without avail. In the presence of thousands of people who watched the scene breathlessly, the line was fired over the ship from the cannon three times. Once it caught and those on the forward end of the boat where it landed began to haul it in, but the rocks in the bottom cut it in two.
At midnight the officials of the company owning the boat advised the crew to give it up until daylight, saying that the men on the forward part were safe enough until morning and on the stern end not a sign of life had been detected since shortly after dark. When the storm died out somewhat this morning the life saving crew was able to hit the boat and the work of bringing the crew ashore was begun at once. In the forward end of the boat all were safe but in the stern none were saved, all having succumbed to the cold and drowned.

Fifteen Saved.
In the first boat load seven men were brought to shore and later eight more.
The saved are:
Captain R. F. HUMBLE.
First Mate WALLACE BROWN.
Second Mate HERBERT EMIGH.
Wheelsman JAMES HATCH.
Wheelsman GEORGE McCLURE.
Fireman AXEL CARLSON.
Watchman ERNEST DIETZA.
Seaman LEE YATES.
Porter FRED SAUNDERS.
Watchman GRANTLEY WEST.
Fireman EDWARD COULTER.
Seaman HARRY LATSON.
Seaman LOUIS YAKES.
Seaman name unknown.

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