Kelley's Island, OH (Lake Erie) Barge MARGARET OLWILL Lost, June 1899
LOST ON LAKE ERIE.
STEAMBARGE MARGARET OLWILL FOUNDERS DURING A STORM.
NINE OF A DOZEN ON BOARD PERISH.
LIST OF THE ELEVEN VICTIMS -- THE ILL-FATED VESSEL LOSES HER RUDDER AND IS CAPSIZED BY A MONSTROUS WAVE.
Toledo, O., June 30. -- Nine lives were lost by the foundering of the steambarge Margaret Olwill in Lake Erie Thursday morning about two o'clock. The following are those who went down:
JOHN BROWN, captain, Cleveland.
MRS. BROWN, wife of Capt. BROWN, Cleveland.
RICHARD BROWN, son of Captain.
MISS HUNT, guest of Capt. and MRS. BROWN, Cleveland.
W. DOYLE, fireman, Cleveland.
GEO. HEFFRON, wheelman, Cleveland.
FRANK HIPP, watchman, Kelley's Island.
M. JAMES, Cleveland.
JOHN SMITH, first mate; ALEX McRAE, chief engineer; LUKE SCHINSKI, and second engineer, were rescued by members of the crew of the steamer Sacramento and taken into Lorain by the tug Cascade. DUNCAN COYLE was picked up by the passenger steamer State of Ohio and landed at Toledo.
The barge Margaret Olwill left Kelley's Island at six o'clock Wednesday night bound for Cleveland with a cargo of stone. There was little or no wind blowing and everything was favorable for a pleasant run. At eight o'clock the wind began to blow from the northwest and the little boat was a thousand tons capacity began to go at a lively clip. At ten o'clock the gale commenced and the wind blew at the rate of 50 miles an hour. Suddenly the gale turned to the northeast and Capt. BROWN found that the boat was making little headway and concluded the only thing to do was to turn back and go with the storm. According to the story of COYLE it was two o'clock when the captain gave the order to turn about. The vessel had turned half way round when the rudder chain parted and in an instant the boat was at the mercy of the storm. She was caught between two waves and as she was borne along the top of one of them she rolled over on the side.
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