The Sandusky Star-Journal (Sandusky, Ohio), 1 November 1917, Page 1
Alva B, Bound For Cleveland, Sinks In Lakn Erie Near Avon Point. CAPTAIN FREITAS ABOARD Government Had cleeied Vessel Which Left Sandusky Last Night, Standing In water up to their waists, five members ol' the crew of Uie tug Alva B, and the owner, Captain Jolm JVeitas, of Buffalo, fought for their lives n hen the tug sprung a leak began to sink in Lake Erie off Avon Point earl)- Thursday morning. The men put off ill a small boat as the tug became n nter logged and rolled over. ' 1 ; , 1 Bej [ Membeis of the crew were- George Harrington, captain, A. J. Hastings,! ' hreuian, Henry Burkley, engineer, Thomas Dawson, fireman and Mickey West, cook. All are from Sandusky. They returned to the city shortly be- tore noon on a L. S. E. car. Captain Freitas parted with the men following their escajpe and proceeded to Cleveland. a court Tho Alva B left port here at miA- 1 night Wednesday. She v\as bound for the coast, having been coinman-' deered by the government for lake nee. Shortly before reaching Loram, t the boat sprung a had leak. Two' siphons were used by the crew in an attempt to clear the water from the boat. For a time, the men -n orked, Vicin water up to their knees. The wa-1 ter was held at this le\el for more than an hour. As the men began to tire, a higher level was reached and ous just before it was seen that the tug was becoming water logged, the m were woi king in water up to their' waists. They left the pumps and c i ose ered a small boat As they wcro aKa nda leaiIng the tag, she rolled over Buffeted by a heavy set and a strong northwest sale that s n snow into their faces, the men to row for shoie. Waves swept i n the little craft and its occupants faced death during e\ciy minute of the pull to safetj Tliej were nearly frozen when the boat was beached Mtracted by the sight of a house a short distance from shore, they walked towaicl it. Thin weie met by a farmer "ho hustled them into the house. Warm drinks were picpared and served the men. Their_ clothes were only paitially dried they left to return to their homes. Captain Fn itas left them to go to i , creVeland" where Dp repoited the to ''I'm mighty t h a n k f u l I'm 1 En- mincer Harrington said when be arrived in the fity. . "We were in water up to our knees soon after the leak was discovered" Hastings said. j "" i f e , boat St ot down about twohe in c l t j . ' and Barrington shipped iMth Freitas for the trip to the The other men intended to So onl 1 it as rle\eland. the Tn(1 v h a ,, js w . o]1 1nown , n ] 0 ,, a \ o of o b t a i n i n g I m i n n c ,,,,.,,,, .,,,,, ]S a . I7 tm , ,,,,. u a s , ., , an |, toot bcam a n d is 6; f w t e y tor \ ,,,,,,,Hp , 0 ,. n( , r ls a b rot her of Cap- Vermilion t h e r or not joint in- betailse he u and Prosecutor ,,_, Miss "If Â«e had hail two more siphons we could have kept v.ater iloftu. We discovered the ' | 1 | of thip eitv.