Kenosha, WI (Lake Michigan) Steamer L. R. DOTY Wrecked, Oct 1898


Chicago, October 27 -- The steamer, L. R. Doty, with a crew of fifteen men believed by marine men to have been lost in the great storm in midlake off Kenosha.
The names of the crew so far as known are:
Captain CHRIS SMITH, Port Huron.
Chief Engineer THOMAS ABERNETHIE, Port Huron.
First Mate HARRY THORPE, Detroit.
Steward MR. DOSS, West Bay City.
The remainder of the crew are not known to the owners in Cleveland.
The probable fate of the Doty was learned today by the tug Prodigy, which was sent out to search for the Doty and the schooner Olive Jeanette, which the steamer had in tow. When about twenty-five miles off Kenosha, the Prodigy came on a large amount of wreckage, consisting of pieces of deck, a mast, painted brown, cabin doors, stanchions from the after part of a steamer, and much lighter woodwork. A piece of the steering pole which projects from the boat was also brought in.
The Doty left south Chicago Monday afternoon with a cargo of corn for Midland. Her consort, the schooner Olive Jeannette was sighted today in the lake off Grosse Point but the steamer has not been heard from since the gale broke. A description of the wreckage was telegraphed to Cleveland tonight and the owner of the Doty said to corresponded with the Doty.

Herald Despatch Decatur Illinois 1898-10-29

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