Kewaunee, WI (Lake Michigan) Schooner ROUSE SIMMONS Wreck, Dec 1912
THINK SHIP SANK IN HEAVY STORM.
HOPE FOR CREW OF TEN IS ABANDONED.
WRECKAGE DRIFTS TO SHORE.
SCHOONER ROUSE SIMMONS, LADEN WITH CHRISTMAS TREES, BELIEVED TO HAVE GONE DOWN WITH ALL ON BOARD.
Chicago, Dec. 5. -- Hope for the safety of the three-masted schooner Rouse Simmons and her crew of ten men was practically abandoned in marine circles when word reached Chicago that numerous Christmas trees, which made up the cargo of the Rouse Simmons, and bits of unmarked wreckage, had drifted ashore near Pentwater, Mich.
The vessel was last reported off Kewaunee at 2 p.m.a week ago last Saturday, running south under full sail and flying distress signals from the foremast.
A life-saving crew from the Two Rivers station, 24 miles south of Kewaunee, immediately put out and patrolled, the coast a distance of 15 miles, eight miles off shore. The crew fought its way in a bliding snow-storm over the probable course of the ill-fated schooner, but found no trace of her.
Renowed efforts to learn the fate of the missing boat and her crew were commenced Wednesday, when the United States revenue cutter, Tuscarora, Captain Berry, left Milwaukee harbor on request of T. A. Hanson, secretary of the Chicago Lake Seaman's union.
A wireless message from Captain Berry last night brought no hope to relatives and friends of the officers and crew. Nothing had been found.
Those missing and known to be on the Rouse Simmons when she sailed from Thompson's pier, near Manistique, Mich., November 21, are:
Capt. CHARLES NELSON, skipper and part owner.
Capt. HERMAN SCHEUNEMANN, owner of cargo.
STEVE E. NELSON, mate.
CHARLES NELSON, sailor.
GILBERT SVENSON, sailor.
FRANK CARLSON, sailor.
ALBERT LYKSTAD, cook.
INGVALD NYHOUS, sailor.
WILLIAM OBERG, lumber shover.
SVEN INGLEHART, lumber shover.
All from Chicago.
The Rouse Simmons has been chartered annually for a number of years by Captain SCHEUNEMANN for a post season trip to the northern peninsula of Michigan for Christmas trees and holiday greens. She left Chicago about ten weeks ago with a crew of 13.
Racine Journal News Wisconsin 1912-12-05