Thomas Wilson and George Hadley
On 7 Jun 1902, the whaleback steamer Thomas Wilson, under Captain Cameron, was heading toward the canal in the Duluth harbor, when the steamer George Hadley, under Captain Fitzgerald, heading out of the canal toward Superior, ran into the Wilson cutting it in two. Since both ships were fully loaded, the Wilson sank almost immediately. Crew from the Hadley threw life preservers to those they could see. Nine from the Wilson died. Most of those lost were on the night crew and could not get out of their bunks quick enough. Shortly after the Wilson sank, the Hadley also sank, but quick action by the lifesaving crew and a tug, did not allow for further loss of life. The Wilson was loaded with ore and the Hadley was loaded with coal.
Those who were lost were:
Campbell, John, lookout, Greenleaf, Michigan
Carey, John, deck hand, St Catherines, Ontario
Frank, J, second cook, Superior
Fraser, James M, oiler, Manitou Island
Jones, Thomas, deck hand
McDougal, James, oiler, West Superior
McGraw, Joseph, wheelsman, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
Roebuck, Thomas, fireman, Port Hampton
Tripp, Aaron, cook
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