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Superior; John CHatl, Lake Ontario; la" Oven, Lake Superior; Iosco,
Lake Superior; Kaliyuga, Lake Huron; Arcadia, Lake Michigan; D. M.
Clbmson, Lake Superior; Adella Shoresj Lake Superior; Marquette & Besse
mer No. 2, Lake Erie.
The above does not include sailing vessels, barges, fishing vessels or
tugs. Nor does it include cases where any part of the crew were saved,
such, as the loss of the Cyprus, Lake Superior, 1907, an Ore carrier on her
maiden voyage, only one" out of a crew of 23 saved, npr the case of the
Clarihn in Lake Erie in 1910, when most of ier crew lost their lives. Pre
vjous to 1901 there were many other cases, of course, among them being
the loss of the Chicora, a passenger steamer on Lake Michigan, with all
hands; the loss of the freight steamer Doty on Lake Michigan with all hands.
In 1905 alone, the following accidents occurred. These are from the
records ofthe United States Steamship Inspection Service:
June 15 Steamer Harriet A. Hart caught fire. Passengers and crew
took to boats and rafts. Picked up
by another steamer.
September 2 Steamer Sevona,
ashore, 7 of crew drowned.
September 3 Steamer Iosco, foun
dered on Lake Superior, all hands
October 19 Steamer Kaliyuga,
foundered on Lake Huron, all hands
October 20 Passenger steamer
Western States had an extremely
difficult time making Long Point,
Lake Erie, for shelter, damaged by
heavy seas sweeping her; estimated
November 28 Steamer Ira H.
Owen, foundered, Lake Erie, all
On November 27-28, 1905, the fol
lowing vessels were wrecked or dam
Steamer Mataafa, went ashore off
Duluth harbor; broke in two; nine of
Steamer Lafayette driven ashore.
Vessel a total loss. One life lost.
Steamer Edenborn, driven ashore;
one life lost.
The following vessels were driven
ashore, all steamers: Crescent City,
Wm. E. Corry, R. W. England, Geo.
Spencer, Bransford, D. C. Whitney,
Vega, Chas. M. Warner, J. H. Outh
waite, Coralia, Western Star, Schles
singer. One of crew of steamer Victory
washed overboard. First officer of
steamer Harold B. Nye washed over
board; vessels damaged to extent of
$30,000 by heavy seas.
Other vesesls damaged by heavy
seas were the steamers Perry G.
Walker, Umbria, E. C. Pope, Yosmite
and. "Mariposa. Also steamer Isaac
L. Ehwood, sunk after entering Du
And yet, in view of all these ac
cidents, A. W. Goodrich, head of the
Ship Owners' Trust, is attacking the
bill through the columns of the trust
press because he pleads that it would
be "a physical impossibility to build
or equip steamers with lifeboats suffi
cient to protect all the passengers
Goodrich's protest is against Sec
tion 12 of thfe LaFollette bill, which
provides that all boats should be re
quired to have a sufficient number of
lifeboats to save all on board and
two able seamen with which to man
"The effect of Section 12 on freight
vessels, including the package freight
steamers, other than those carrying
passengers, is very much milder than
generally understood," said Victor A.
Qlander, president of the Lake Sea
men's Union. "It provides no Increase
in the number of the deck crew of
such vessels, but simpl' requires
that, in the first year, 40 per cent of
the deck crew, exclusive of licensed
officers, Bhall be able seamen as de
fined by the bill. The percentage is
to increase 5 per cent each year until