Owen Sound, ON (Lake Huron) Motorship HIBOU Sinks, Nov 1936
SEVEN DROWNED IN GEORGIAN BAY TRAGEDY.
HIBOU FOUNDERS AND PLUNGES TO BOTTOM NEAR OWEN SOUND.
CAUSE IS MYSTERY; RECOVER ONE BODY.
Owen Sound, Nov. 21. -- (CP) -- Seven members of the crew including Captain NORMAN McKAY were drowned and 10 others reached shore on rafts and in lifeboats when the motorship Hibou foundered and plunged to the bottom four miles north of here in Georgian Bay today.
Captain NORMAN McKAY.
MISS IONA JOHNSON.
JAMES AGNEW, first mate.
HOWARD ALLEN, second mate.
ORVILLE PARR, purser.
ERNEST ROUSE, brother of DANIEL.
Cause of the disaster has not been determined. The vessel, a steel bottomed 100-foot remodelled tug from Detroit, cleared this port at 4:30 a.m. today and is believed to have sunk within half an hour off Squaw Point four miles north of here.
MISS JOHNSON was the only woman aboard. She was listed as a member of the crew.
The body of MINARD is the only one recovered.
Making Last Run.
The Hibou was making its last run of the current navigation season and sailing for Kilarney on Manitoulin Island with a cargo of 150 tons of general merchandise.
Captain McKAY and HOWARD ALLEN, second mate, were on the bridge when the vessel suddenly listed in the grey dawn several hundred yards from shore. As the ship plunged both were reported to have been hurled into the water. Captain McKAY lost his life and the first mate made his way to shore.
Noted Lake Mariner.
One of the Great Lakes most renowned mariners, Captain McKAY has sailed the lakes out of Owen Sound for a decade. He was master of the S. S.
Manitoulin, out of Owen Sound to Georgian Bay coastal points and Manitoulin Island ports, for the past few years.
The Manitoulin was laid up last week for the winter and Captain McKAY took temporary command of the Hibou for its last voyage of the year.
He is survived by his widow, a son and daughter in Owen Sound.
The Hibou was operated by Dominion Transportation Company of Owen Sound. During the summer of 1933 it operated between Kingston and Cape Vicent, N.Y. This year it ran from Tobermory to Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island points.
The majority of the crew are believed to be from Owen Sound.
Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1936-11-21