Windmill Point, MI Yacht Capsize and Drownings, Sept 1897


Yacht Capsizes in Lake St. Clair Near Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Mich. Sept. 10.----Six young men were drowned in a yacht near Wind Mill point in Lake St. Clair. The dead are THOMAS FRITZ, H. GERTEIS, GRANT MURRAY, THOMAS NEWSOME, CHARLES RICE and JAY TANSEY. A party of 10 chartered the yacht Blanche B and went up the lake on a sail. When near the mouth of Fox creek and nearly off Wind Mill point three of the party climbed out on the boom and commenced to rock the craft, which, being heavily ballasted, lurched over and capsized, going to the bottom. Six of the men who were in the boat were drowned. The three youngsters who caused the disaster and one other were saved by a boat which pulled out from shore.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 10 Sept 1897