Two Harbors, MN (Lake Superior) Steamer BENJAMIN NOBLE Wrecked, Apr 1914

BENJAMIN NOBLE.jpg

LAKE BOAT DOWN WITH SCORE MEN.

STEAMER BENJAMIN NOBLE SINKS AFTER FIGHT WITH TERRIFIC STORM.

NO TRACE OF THE MEMBERS OF CREW -- ONLY WRECKAGE REMAINS OF THE CRAFT.

Duluth, Minn., April 29 -- Reports from the life saving crew at the head of the lakes make it practically certain that the steamer Benjamin Noble, with her officers, a crew of twenty men and a large cargo of railroad iron was sunk off Minnesota Point during the violent storm early today. Life belts, hatches, spars and oars and other wreckage were picked up this morning and efforts are being made to locate the vessel.

Was A Freighter.
The Noble was a freight vessel owned by the capital transportation company of Detroit. John A. Francombe of Detroit is the manager and D. T. Helm and company of Duluth are the local agents. The personnel of the crew is unknown to the local agents except the captain, JOHN EISINHARDT who is a new officer on the vessel.
The vessel had a capacity of 1,481 gross tons, was 239 feet in length with a 42 foot beam.
She passed up the Soo on April 25.
The Helm company wired the Detroit office this forenoon informing the owners of the wreck. No hope is entertained that any of the crew has been saved.

Fear For Others.
Great anxiety is felt in Duluth for five vessels headed for this port. All of them were overdue yesterday. These are the William H. Truesdale, Willis King, F. T. Peffelfinger, Sheldon Parks and David Z. Norton.
No word has been received of these vessels, although dilligent search by wireless has been made throughout last night and this morning.

Racine Journal News Wisconsin 1914-04-29

Comments

Picture of Captain and missing ship article

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=jvrRlaHg2sAC&dat=19140429&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

Contemporary account of the sinking of the Benjmain Noble

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19140429&id=cqwkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3iAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3799,5938237&hl=en

The Milwaukee Journal April 29, 1914
has a picture of Captain Eisenhardt and a report that the cabin of the Benjamin Noble and several bodies of the crew were found on a sand reef near Minnesota Point

Benjamin Noble Crew list

Of estimate crew of 16-about 10 names are known-see link
http://www3.gendisasters.com/ship-wrecks/20767/update-on-quotbenjamin-no...

link of interest

http://www.superiortrips.com/NShoreShipwreckImages/Ben_Noble.htm

Partial Crew list

Of estimated 16 Crew members-names of 9 are known
http://www3.gendisasters.com/ship-wrecks/20767/update-on-quotbenjamin-no...

Three of the ships crew who were lost

Brothers:
Alvin Coger age 34 member of MEBA # 37; had been at sea since he was 13 and had been in employed with company for 15 years
Jed Coger was an oiler

Both brothers were survived by mother and two brothers Edward and William; likewise both brothers were were lost were to have been enguaged to be married at end of navigation season

Anthony Bolcoroski member of MEBA # 37

Reference: The American Marine Engineer, Volume 9 pp.29-30 also has Alvin Coger and Bolcoroski photographs

Update

Located off Knife Island 2004