Milwaukee, WI (Lake Michigan) Barge SUMATRA Lost, Sep 1896
SAILORS MEET A WATERY GRAVE.
BARGE SUMATRA FOUNDERS OFF MILWAUKEE AND FOUR MEN LOST.
THREE OF THE CREW SAVED.
CAPTAIN JOHNSON'S NARROW ESCAPE IN A FRAIL YAWL BOAT.
LIFE SAVING CREW TO HIS AID.
TUG SIMPSON RESCUED THE COOK FROM THE STRANDED BOAT AND PICKED UP THE MATE FROM AMONG THE WRECKAGE -- STORY OF THE DISASTER.
Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 30. -- The barge Sumatra consort of the steamer B. W. Arnold, bound down from Chicago with a load of iron, foundered off the government pier this morning. Four sailors were drowned. The captain, mate and cook were rescued by the life-saving crew.
The Sumatra was bound for Milwaukee, loaded with grain and intended picking up the Hattie Wells here. She was leaking on the way up and had her pumps working all night. The sea was running high, and the crew had great difficulty in keeping her from sinking. When she reached South Point she got in the trough of the sea, and in a short time the hatches washed off and the rails were carried away.
The steamer sounded her whistle and the tug Simpson at once put out for the wreck. The sea at that time was running very high and great trouble was experienced in getting near the sinking barge. Just as the Simpson reached the Sumatra she foundered and the tugmen succeeded in rescuing the cook and mate from the wreckage. The life saving crew was on hand and worked hard to save other men on the barge, but all were drowned with the exception of the captain, who was taken ashore by the life savers.
The Sumatra was badly broken up and only the mast can be seen out of the water. The wreck occurred about a mile and a half out from the harbor entrance.
The Lost Sailors.
The members of the crew lost are:
ARTHUR BURNSTED, West Bay City, Michigan.
CHARLES HEMMER, West Bay City, Michigan.
PATRICK PETERSON, West Bay City, Michigan.
PETER ANDERSON, West Bay City, Michigan.
The rescued are: Captain CHARLES JOHNSON, West Bay City; JOHN BURBECK, mate of the barge, West Bay City; and IRA PURSER, cook, West Bay City.
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