Clipped From The Escanaba Daily Press
His story was that the vessel struck a reef near Washington Harbor on Isle Royale at 3 a m.. and that the ship sank an hour and a half later. It was assumed here that this gave all persons on board ample time to board lifeboats. When the America left here yesterday morning she carried 20 passengers in addition to her crew of 30. It was not known how many were aboard when she struck the reef, however, as she may have left or taken on several several passengers at Isle Royale. The American had operated at this end of t»#e Great Lakes since 1898 when she was built. Its usual run included Isle Royale. Royale. Port Arthur, Fort Williams and Duluth. Although only a small ship—182 feet in length— It was known to thousands as a popular excursion boat.