Two Rivers, WI (Off Shore) Steamer VERNON Sinks In Lake Michigan, Oct 1887
LOST WITH ALL ON BOARD.
A TERRIBLE DISASTER ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
THE PROPELLER VERNON WRECKED AND FROM THIRTY TO FIFTY LIVES SUPPOSED TO BE LOST.
Chicago, Oct. 30. -- The propeller VERNON, of the Northern Michigan Line, foundered during the terrible gale which raged on Lake Michigan yesterday, and it is almost certain that of her entire crew and list of passengers, numbering over 30, and probably close on to 50, not a soul escaped. No greater loss of life has occurred on any one wreck on the lakes this season, and the uncertainty as to the actual number of lives lost gives it a magnitude greater that any since the Canadian steamship ALGONA was wrecked on Isle Royal in Lake Superior two years ago.
The first news of the disaster came to Chicago in a dispatch from Milwaukee, where the steamer SUPERIOR arrived last night. The SUPERIOR had passed not only large quantities of wreckage, but had passed, unable to succor, a raft and a small boat in which persons appealing in vain for help were seen. The VERNON was due at Milwaukee yesterday, and there was every reason to believe that the people and the wreckage were from that vessel. This afternoon the tug EDITH picked up the front part of a pilot house six miles southeast of Two Rivers, Wis. Attached to it was a handsomely carved signboard with the name "VERNON." This settles beyond doubt the identity of the steamer that went down Saturday.
"To pass one man on a raft appealing for our help, another dying from exposure, and a small boat in which we could see one woman and three men, one of the latter hailing with a coat stuck up on his oar, all being tossed about in a terrible sea without our being able to render them any assistance, was heartrending in the extreme," said Capt. MORAN, of the SUPERIOR, in telling his story. "We were also fighting for your lives, our steamer having become disabled in the sea," said the Captain, "and it was three hours before we had made repairs so that we could handle ourselves, and then we were out of sight of the shipwrecked men. It was about 10 o'clock this morning when off Two Rivers, some miles out in Lake Michigan, that we passed through some lumber. Five miles further on we passed a lot of barrels, and then encountered wreckage for some distance. Among it was furniture and bed clothing besides life preservers here and there. When about six miles east-northeast of Manitowoc a lookout called me on deck with the information that a raft could be seen with a man on it. As I went on deck I could plainly see the man waving his hand to us. He was standing upright on the raft, which was about half a mile between us and the shore, and the seas was washing over it. It appeared about 12 feet square and as if it might be the top of a cabin."
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