Calumet, MI Lake Steamer MAPLEHURST Sinks, Dec 1922
LAKE STEAMER SINKS IN GALE; SEVEN ARE LOST.
NINE MEMBERS OF CREW LEAP FROM VESSEL INTO LIFE BOAT.
VICTIMS REFUSED TO TAKE LEAP WHICH WOULD HAVE SAVED THEM.
Calumet, Mich., Dec. 1. -- Captain MASON BERNARD and six members of the crew of the Canadian steamer Maplehurst lost their lives early today when the ship broke up a mile west of Portage Lake canal during a heavy gale. Nine others of the crew were rescued, one at a time, jumping from the bridge into a life boat.
Besides Captain BERNARD the dead included chief engineer DUNN of Kingston, Ont., and first mate FRANK SMITH of Brewer Mills, Ont. Names of the others were unobtainable this forenoon.
The rescued were second engineer WILLIAM FAUVE, JEAN DUVAL and HENRY DUVAL of St. Votique, Ont.; FRANK ROBRIQUE, Cauteau du Lac, Ont., FRANK MARSHALL, R. MARSHALL and THOMAS BROWN of Montreal, and H. BURCH and HARRY MURRAY of Kingston, Ont.
According to the coast guard service Captain BERNARD and the six others lost their lives because they declined to jump from the bridge.
The rescue was effected in the teeth of a gale of hurricane proportions. The life boat ran along side the ship time and again only to be washed back. The men were taken off one at a time, jumping from the bridge into life boat. The Maplehurst, 200 feet long, with an iron hull was bound from Lorain, Ohio to Port Arthur with 1,800 tons of coal. She sank in 25 feet of water and this forenoon only her funnels are visible above the surface.
The Newark Advocate Ohio 1922-12-01