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Captain W. T. Mooney. Steamer "Andaste".

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Captain W. T. Mooney. Steamer "Andaste".
Captain F. D. PerewSteamer "Angeline".
Captain J. A. StewartSteamer "Presque Isle"
Captain Charles FoxSteamer "Choctaw"
Captain P. A. AndersonSteamer "Centurion"
Captain James Kennedy. Steamer "Peter White".
Captain F. A. West. Steamer "William G. Mather".
Captain S. A. Lyons. Steamer "J. H. Sheadle".
Steamer "Crawford" Detailed Account of Captain Iler's Experiences in Storm on Lake Huron November 9th & 10th, 1913
Steamer Matoa Detailed Account of Captain McLeodís Experiences in Storm on Lake Huron, November 9th, 1913
Steamer McDougall Detailed account of Captain Seleeís Experience in Storm on Lake Superior, November 9th and 10th, 1913
Steamer Stephenson Detailed Account Of Captain Moserís Experiences In Storm On Lake Suprior November 8th, 9th, & 10th, 1913
Steamer Trimble Detailed Account Of Captain Crowley's Experiences In Storm On November 9th And 10th
Steamer Cornell Detailed Account Of Captain Noble's Experiences In Storm On Lake Superior, November 7th, 8th & 9th, 1913.
Steamer Cort Detailed Account Of Captain Conkey's Experiences In Storm On Lake Superior November 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th
Steamer Dinkey Detailed Account Of Captain Huntís Experiences In Storm On Lake Superior November 7th, And 8th, 1913
Steamer Hill Detailed Account Of Captain Hansenís Experiences In Storm On Lake Superior November 8th, 9th And 10th
Steamer Manola Detailed Account Of Captain Lightís Experience In Storm On Lake Huron, November 9th and 10th, 1913
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Your letter of November 20th, asking for an account of my experience during the storm of November 9th and 10th received, and contents duly noted.

On that trip we were unloading coal at the Kemp Coal Co.'s dock, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. At about ten o'clock on the morning of November 9th I went up to the Canal Office to ascertain if possible the weather conditions for the next twenty-four hours; and also to interview any Captains who had arrived up from Lake Huron, as we were to be unloaded during the afternoon and would then depart for Alpena, Mich.

When I got up to the locks I looked for the storm signals and found that no signals were flying. I waited for an upbound boat and asked the Captain how the wind and weather were on Lake Huron. He termed the weather as "rotten" and said the wind was about north.

I left the Canal Office, and on my way back to the boat I called up the Weather Bureau office to learn what information they could give regarding the weather for that day and night. I told them where I was bound for, and then I was informed the wind would be about north but that they did not think it would touch northeast, and the prospects were for diminishing winds that night.

We left the coal dock at 2:55 P.M. and proceeded down the Soo River. On our way down I noticed the barometer had started to fall and there were indications of snow.

I then decided to spend the night at anchor somewhere in the vicinity of Detour. We let go anchor at 7:30 P.M.. under Fort St. Joe Point in six fathoms of water. That night between eleven and twelve o'clock I never saw it blow so hard, and I was very glad I stopped.

 


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This set of letters is from copies in the collection of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society, Bay City, Michigan and was made available by Dave Swayze.