Lexington, MI (Lake Huron) Steamer ANNIE YOUNG Wreck, Oct 1890



Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 20 -- The steamer Annie Young, of the Lake Superior Transit Line, was burned to the water's edge off Lexington, Mich., at 9 o'clock this morning, and her blackened hulk is now drifting about Lake Huron. Eight members of her crew perished.
A stiff gale from the northeast prevailed at the time of the disaster and the loss of life was due to the capsizing of one of the steamer's boats. Those who remained on board the burning boat -- thirteen in all -- were rescued by the steamer Ed Smith, which providentially happened along at the time the fire broke out on the Young. The captain of the Smith sighted the burning boat at a distance, and immediately headed his steamer for the scene. But before the Smith reached the Young the eight men, who lost their lives, had taken to a yawl boat, which soon capsized in the terrible sea which is running. The names of the unfortunate men are:
McMANARD, of Port Huron.
Three deck hands whose names and residences are unknown.
The thirteen men were quickly transferred to the Smith by boat, it being impossible for the little steamer to approach the blazing craft without endangering her own safety.
The Young left here about 6:15 this morning bound for Gladstone with a cargo of coal and merchandise for Buffalo. She was a staunch vessel, and her captain had no fear of the heavy gale and sea. But shortly after 8 o'clock fire was discovered by one of the crew in the vicinity of the engine room, and despite every effort soon gained the mastery of the fire extinguishing appliances, and drove the crew to the forward end of the boat.
The mate of the Young was very badly burned about the face and hands. He is lying at the Marine Hospital here.
The big Kittie Haight has gone in search of the burned hulk, and if she succeeds in finding it above water will tow it into port.
The Young was built in Detroit in 1860. She was of 693 tons burden, and valued at $30,000. The amount of insurance on the Young is unknown.

Centralia Enterprise And Tribune Wisconsin 1890-10-25