Milwaukee, WS (Lake Michigan) Ferry C. F. MILWAUKEE Disaster, Oct 1929
FIND FERRY WRECKAGE CREW OF 52 MISSING.
BELIEVE VESSEL TIPPED IN GALE.
MARINE MEN CONJECTURE MILWAUKEE FOUNDERED NOT LONG AFTER IT LEFT.
RAILROAD CARS SHIFTED.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 24 -- (AP) -- Capt. H. C. Hubbard of the U.S. lighthouse service here reported this afternoon that a wireless message picked up here said several bodies with life preservers bearing the name "C. F. Milwaukee" and the pilot house of the ferry had been picked up by a boat 16 miles off Kenosha.
A watch found on one of the bodies had stopped at 9:35, indicating that the Milwaukee with 52 men aboard went down about that time Tuesday night, about seven hours after she left here in the face of a pre-season gale for Grand Haven, Mich.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 24 -- (AP) -- Hope that the car ferry, Milwaukee, of the Grand Trunk fleet, with 52 aboard, had weathered the 48 hour storm on Lake Michigan, faded today with a report that wreckage from a boat had been picked up 10 miles off Wind Point, which is about four miles north of Racine.
Capt. Ray Hayward, Detroit, master of the steamer, Colonel, told Grand Trunk officials here that he sighted empty life boats, mattresses and the upper parts of a white cabin floating in the lake off Wind Point. The upper part of the Milwaukee was painted white.
Some of the wreckage was picked up by the Colonel, but none of it carried any markings to make identification certain, Captain Hayward said.
The Milwaukee steamed out of the Kinnickinnio River here into the lake at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday enroute to Grand Haven, Mich. Since that time no definite word has come to officials of the Grand Trunk here or at Grand Haven.
Not until today did Grand Trunk officials here admit they were apprehensive regarding the fate of the Milwaukee. The ship was commanded by Captain ROBERT McKAY, of Grand Haven, Mich., a veteran skipper of the Grand Trunk fleet operating daily between Grand Haven and Milwaukee.
Captain Hayward told Captain Charles E. McLaren marine superintendent here that in his opinion the wreckage was from the Milwaukee without doubt.
Captain McLaren appealed to the Kohler Aircraft corporation to have one of their planes fly over the wreckage to see if the pilots could make out anything that would definitely establish that it was from the Milwaukee. Racine coast guardsmen have been sent to the scene.
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