This November will mark the 65th anniversary of the worst disaster ever to befall Great Lakes shipping, the Great Storm of 1913. Enough has been said about this catastrophe that further discussion of it in these pages at this time is unwarranted. Nevertheless, by way of commemoration, we think that our readers might like to share with us the daily vessel passages as recorded in the Toronto Globe on November 14, 1913. That issue was filled with the grisly tales of the storm and its aftermath and we must understand that many of the ships mentioned here had just fought tremendous battles for their own lives and those of their crews.
Port Colborne. Nov. 13, Upbound - H. M. PELLATT, Montreal to Fort William, general cargo, 11 p.m.; TOILER, Montreal to Pt. Colborne, light, 1 a.m.; ROBERT R. RHODES, Montreal to Pt. Colborne, light, 1:30; A. E. AMES, Montreal to Ft. William, general cargo, 3:30; PORT COLBORNE, Sydney to Ft. William, steel rails, 4; W. H. DWYER, Sept-Iles to Tonawanda, pulpwood, 10; JOHN CRERAR, Oswego to Chicago, coal, 3 p.m.; CARLETON, Quebec to Niagara Falls, pulpwood, 4:30; BENJ. NOBLE, Kingston to Buffalo, light, 4:30.
Port Colborne. Nov. 13, Downbound - BENNINGTON, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo, 9:30 p.m.; CADILLAC, Erie to Montreal, coal, 10; KEYPORT, Pt. Colborne to Montreal, wheat, 1 a.m.; TOILER, Pt. Colborne to Montreal, flax and wheat, 5:30.
Sault Ste. Marie. Nov. 13, Upbound - ODANAH, 9 p.m., Wednesday; NEEBING, 12:30 a.m., Thursday; MOSES TAYLOR, 5; GEORGE B. LEONARD, 5:30; MAJOR, 8; HOOVER AND MASON, 8:30; PRESQUE ISLE, RENOWN and oil barge, 10; GETTYSBURG, ED. McWILLIAMS, MELBOURNE, 11; COLLINGWOOD, noon; ST. CLAIR, 1:30 p.m.; ATHABASCA, 3.
Sault Ste. Marie. Nov. 13, Downbound - GERMAN, J. J. SULLIVAN, 8:30 p.m., Wednesday; YOSEMITE, 9; B. F. JONES, 10; E. H. UTLEY, midnight; MIDLAND PRINCE, 1 a.m., Thursday; FORDONIAN, 7; SIERRA, HAMONIC, 7:30; CORUNNA, 8; VERONA, 10; GEORGE STEPHENSON, 11:30; WM. F. FITCH & MAITLAND, J. Q. RIDDLE, 1 p.m.; MECOSTA, SINALOA, E. D. CARTER, 2; BUFFALO, 2:30; MINNETONKA, HENRY CORT, 3; PAIPOONGE, DORIC, 4:30; SULTANA, 5; PENOBSCOT, 6.
Detroit. Nov. 13, Upbound - JUPITER, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday; HURON, 9:45; MIAMI, MIKE COREY, 10; C. W. WATSON, JOHN B. COWLE, 10:10; JAMES W. FOLLETTE, JAMES NORRIS, 10:45; MARION W. PAGE, NELLIE REDINGTON, midnight; CANISTEO, 12:30 a.m., Thursday; EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND, 8:30; ALLEGHENY, 8:35; JAMES H. HOYT, 9:20; YORKTON, 11:30; NORTHERN LIGHT, noon; MILWAUKEE, 1:10 p.m.; CALCITE, 1:40; C. W. CADWELL, 2:10; AMERICA, 2:45; RUTLAND, HELENA (arrived), 3; MARY C. ELPHICKE, 3:10; WILLIAM C. AGNEW, 3:30; LUZON, 3:40; JAMES E. DAVIDSON, 6:30; VENUS, 6:45; THOMAS BARLUM, 8.
Detroit. Nov. 13, Downbound - BRANDON, 6:50 p.m., Wednesday; C. RUSSELL HUBBARD, 7; PERSEUS, 7:45; CITY OF ROME, 8:40; CHICAGO, UMBRIA, 11:50; CORVUS, 1 a.m., Thursday; J. P. MORGAN JR., 1:10; ALBERT M. MARSHALL, 1:30; E. C. POPE, 1:40; KENORA, 2; WILLIAM G. MATHER, 2:40; ANNIE LAURA, 11:20; HUGH KENNEDY, 11:35; WILBERT L. SMITH, 11:40; ATLANTIC, 12:20 p.m.; CHASE S. OSBORNE & IRON CLIFF, 1:50; WILLIAM D. CRAWFORD, MONROE C. SMITH, NORTHERN KING, CHARLES BEATTY, 2:45; YUMA, OGDENSBURG, WILLIAM CASTLE RHODES, 3; WILKESBARRE, JOHN W. MOORE, 3:20; JOHN PLANKINTON, VULCAN, 3:45; JAMES H. SHRIGLEY, 3:50; HEMLOCK, E. A. S. CLARKE, CHESTER A. CONGDON, 4; A. E.STEWART, CRETE, 4:20; JOSIAH G. MUNRO, 4:35; G. A. TOMLINSON, 4:40; ANDASTE, 4:45; WILLIAM E. REIS, 4:50; CRESCENT CITY, 5; BERLIN, 5:15; CORSICA, ABYSSINIA, 5:45; WAHCONDAH, 6:10; WILLIAM HENRY MACK, THOMAS LYNCH, 6:30; GLENELLAH, DELAWARE, 6:50; SIR HENRY BESSEMER, CANADIAN, 7:30; CORNELL, 8; SMITH THOMPSON, GEO. C. HOWE, 8:30.
These names summon nostalgic thoughts for all of us. Almost all of our readers will remember some of these boats, and some of us remember a whole passel of them. (We're dating ourselves!) And those who fit in neither category will at least have heard of some of them and may be glad to see them mentioned here. How many of these boats are still in service, or at least extant on the lakes? Let us see...
Only three are still operative. PRESQUE ISLE, which was already fifteen years old at the time, still serves as Huron Cement's E. M. FORD, while HUGH KENNEDY, a Mitchell boat, operates for Erie Sand as J. F. SCHOELLKOPF JR. WILLIAM G. MATHER (I) is presently the BoCo self-unloader NICOLET. Still extant on the lakes but not operating are: J. J. SULLIVAN, which is lying idle at Milwaukee as CLARENCE B. RANDALL (II); E. D. CARTER, now PINEDALE and a breakwater on Lake Huron; JOHN B. COWLE (II) which, as HARRY L. ALLEN, is awaiting scrapping at Duluth; C. W. CADWELL, idle for many years at Toronto; J. P. MORGAN JR., one of the inactive tinstackers at Duluth; RENOWN, which as MERCURY is being (or has been) broken up at Sturgeon Bay; and G. A. TOMLINSON (I) and THOMAS LYNCH, which as HENRY R. PLATT JR. (II) and WIARTON form part of the Stelco dock wall at Hamilton.
A number of the ships were lost in accidents and some still lie where they met their demise. Amongst the best known of these are: CHICAGO, which was stranded in 1929 on Michipicoten Island; ANDASTE, resting somewhere on the bottom of Lake Michigan after her disappearance in 1929; CADILLAC, later MAPLEHURST, grounded in 1922 near the entrance to the Portage Canal; BENJ. NOBLE, which disappeared in Lake Superior off Duluth in 19l5; and the big CHESTER A. CONGDON which, from 1918 to this day, has lain in two pieces amongst the various wrecks strewn about the floor of Lake Superior near Isle Royale's Canoe Rocks.
Reproduced for the Web with the permission of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.