Big Sable Point, MI (off) Steamer MENDOTA Sinking, Sep 1875
WRECK OF THE MENDOTA.
TWELVE LIVES LOST -- LANDING OF SEVEN OF THE SURVIVORS AT CHICAGO.
Chicago, Ill., Sept. 14. -- The seven passengers of the steam barge Mendota, who were picked up by the schooner Addie off Manitou, arrived here yesterday. They are Capt. FAIRBANKS; F. W. FAIRBANKS; H. L. PAGE; PATRICK MONAHAN; W. S. CRANE: AMOS HESS, and GEORGE McKINNEY. One of the crew states that at 1 o'clock Friday morning the waves began breaking over the Mendota, and she parted the line by which she was towing the barge Evening Star. The water kept gaining till 5 o'clock, when the other barge was thrown off. Soon after the boats were lowered, and the Captain, his son, the first mate, and some of the crew climbed into the larger boat. The smaller one was taken by some of the crew, who almost immediately pulled away.
The father and wife of the Captain were left. The father was seventy years of age and tried to reach the boat. When last seen the steward stood with his wife and went down with her. The story is related also by another of the crew, who speaks in terms of praise of the conduct of the Captain and officers. The Mendota was eighteen years old, and was owned by William Crassthwaite, of Buffalo. His son perished on the boat. She carried a large cargo of coal, and was valued at $30,000. The cargo was insured but the vessel was not. It is feared that the barge Evening Star is also lost. She had six men on board.
The names of the lost and saved in the Mendota disaster, as given by Chief Engineer Ness, are as follows:
WILLIAM CRASSTHWAITE, the owner's son, acting as clerk.
F. FAIRBANKS, the Captain's father, who was on a pleasure trip.
ELIZA FAIRBANKS, the Captain's wife.
CHARLES DEAN, the steward, and his wife, of Bay City; they have been cooking on the Bradbury for four years.
EDWARD HUGHES, of Buffalo, single, aged thirty.
PATRICK RYAN, first wheelsman, of Bay City, Mich.
WILLILAM FRANKFORE, watchman, of Bay City.
EDWARD MAYNEHAN, deck hand.
EDWARD DUROW, deck hand.
EDWARD MULLIGAN, deck hand.
JOHN CARSEL, deck hand.
ALBERT FAIRBANKS, Captain.
FRANKLIN W. FAIRBANKS, Captain's son.
JOHN McKINNEY, first mate.
AMOS NESS, Chief Engineer.
W. SCOTT CRONE, fireman.
THOMAS MURPHY, fireman.
JAMES SMITH, deck hand.
SPENCER L. SAGE, deck hand.
GEORGE McKINNEY, deck hand.
New York Times New York 1875-09-15