Racine, WI Propeller LAC LA BELLE Lost, Oct 1872
THE LAC LA BELLE -- THE PROPELLER FOUNDERS WITH SIXTH PERSONS ON BOARD.
THE CREW AND PASSENGERS TAKE TO THE BOATS.
FIVE MEN GO DOWN WITH THE STEAMER.
STATEMENTS OF THE ENGINEER AND CLERK.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 14, 1872.
A private despatch from Racine, Wis., says that a boat with eleven men had just arrived there from the propeller Lac La Belle, which foundered about twenty miles off that place this morning. The passengers by the boat think that all the boats are safe, and but few, if any, lives lost. The Lac La Belle belonged to the Engleman Transportation
Another private despatch from Racine says that another boat from the Lac La Belle has arrived, including the Captain, H. W. THOMPSON, and the purser, WM. SANDERSON. Four or five boatloads and one raft left the wreck; two of the boats started to the southward, one to the northward, and the courses of the others are unknown. One of the boats was filled principally with ladies. The vessel sprung a leak at twelve midnight, and went down at two P.M. She was heavily laden with flour, grain and pork.
Milwaukee, Oct. 14, 1872.
A despatch from Racine, dated ten o'clock tonight, says another boat, with persons saved from the wreck of the Lac La Belle, has come ashore all right. The names of those on board are PETER WELLER; MR. WARNER and wife; ROBERT FOGG; LOUIS OCHSTEIN; BECKEY CAMPBELL, the chambermaid and WILL SANDERSON. The names of those on the two boats, whose arrival was previously reported, could not be ascertained.
There are two boats yet to hear from. No list of the names of the steamer's passengers is registered on land. The other boats have probably come ashore out of reach of the telegraph. The report that some of the passengers embarked on a raft is erroneous.
The Latest Details.
Racine, Wis., Oct. 14, 1872.
The second engineer of the Lac La Belle, who was in one of the boats which has arrived here, gives the following account of the disaster:
"They left Milwaukee at nine o'clock last night. About midnight the steamer sprung a leak and made water rapidly. There were about twenty-five passengers on board, including seven ladies and three children.
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