Bear Creek, NY (Lake Ontario) Steamer HOMER WARREN Wreck, Oct 1919
NINE LIVES LOST WHEN STEAMER HOMER WARREN FOUNDERED OFF SODUS.
TWO BODIES WITH LIFE PRESERVERS FOUND ON THE BEACH NEAR THERE TODAY.
HIGH SEAS RUNNING ON LAKE ONTARIO RECENTLY.
SHORE STREWN WITH WRECKAGE OF ALL KINDS -- STEAMER LEFT McMURRICH'S TRESTLE YESTERDAY MORNING WITH CARGO OF COAL FOR TORONTO -- NAMES OF CREW.
Sodus Point, Oct. 29. -- The steamer Homer Warren foundered between 10 and 11 o'clock yesterday, about fifteen miles west of here, off Bear Creek. Two bodies have come ashore and it is believed that the crew of nine men have perished. George Arney, a farmer living near Bear Creek, saw a steamer in the lake, about two and a half miles from shore, yesterday morning between 10 and 11 o'clock. The boat was apparently in distress and was headed up the lake as if making for Charlotte Harbor. Mr. Arney went into the house to get his marine glasses, that he might better observe the boat, but when he came out she had disappeared. He is of the opinion that she foundered in the short time he was inside the house for the glasses.
This morning the beach was found strewn with wreckage and the bodies of two men, not yet identified, were found on the shores of the lake, on the Dr. Andrus farm, two and a half miles west of here. On one of them was a life preserver, having on one side of it "Grand Rapids" and on the other "Homer Warren." The bodies have not been identified, but the McMurrich Coal Company of Oswego has been notified and a representative of that concern is expected here, where the bodies will be brought sometime today.
The wreckage on the beach consists of cabin furniture, bedding, oars, racks in which lifeboats were lashed, wood from the cabins, life preservers, etc. It seems to have all come ashore between a point two miles west of here to the old light house. The going out of the steamer seems to be just like the foundering of the steamer Waffle off Oswego about a month ago.
The steamer Homer Warren was a wooden boat, of five hundred tons capacity. She was 176 1/2 feet long, 29 1/2 feet beam and had a draft of 11 feet 8 inches. She was built in 1863 and was owned by the Milnes Coal Company of Toronto.
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