Frankfort, MI (Lake Michigan) Schooner HELEN Lost, Nov 1886



Detroit, Mich. -- Another disaster, which probably resulted in the loss of a vessel and her entire crew, was the loss of the scow Helen, of this port. She left here Monday night for Muskegon, Mich., and is supposed to have reached that port about the time the westerly gale began blowing. All that has been found of her is a quarter-board bearing her name. She was owned and commanded by Capt. JOHN VAN THADDAN, of this port, and carried a crew of four men. His wife was aboard as cook. Just before the vessel left port MRS. VAN THADDAN sent her two young children ashore, they having been aboard all season, but she refused to accompany them herself, although earnestly solicited to do so by her friends.

A telegram from Muskegun, Mich., says:
"Wreckage continues to come ashore, and it undoubtedly is that of the schooner Helen, of Chicago. Her supposed hull is floating about half a mile out in Lake Michigan. The spars and upper works were plainly seen late Friday afternoon. If it proves to be the Helen, her crew is lost. The seas is going down."

Logansport Pharos Indiana 1886-11-20