I know it is still January and we have some winter to get through yet and I know the Old Lake can “kick up” even into Spring but why not tell you a story about what the Old Lake can do even in the month of March! This story happened in March of 1899.
March 23, 1899 The Telegraph-Courier
ATLANTA ON A REEF
BIG GOODRICH LINER GOES ASHORE
NORTH OF THE CITY.
PASSENGERS AND CREW SAVED
The vessel Had Left Chicago at Eight O’ Clock Last night, and Had a Hard Fight Against
Wind and Snow – May Stay in the Ice Several Days.
The big Goodrich passenger steamer ATLANTA, running between Chicago and Milwaukee, went on the beach between this city and Racine early this morning. The steamer is not thought to be in any immediate danger, and the company owning her have ordered three tugs and a steamer to proceed to the scene and attempt to release her without damage. The passengers on the vessel, consisting of 52 souls, were all rescued by the crew unassisted, and have found comfortable places in the different hotels at Racine.
The steamer is firmly in the sand and a little over two and half miles from Racine, while the life saving stations both in this city and Racine have tendered their services, the company seems to think the boat is in no danger, and will wait until assistance can arrive from Chicago.
According to the story of one of the crew, the vessel left Chicago at its regular time last night with the 52 passengers and a large amount of freight. As soon as the boat left Chicago the pilot took the usual course to Racine. The vessel had only been in the lake a short time when a terrific wind and snow storm came up from the northeast. In a few moments the lake became very rough and it was impossible for the liner to make any headway against the storm. However the pilot made every effort to hold her to the course until they were no longer able to throw the lead, and in a few moments later the vessel buried its hull in the ice along the beach, and before any change could be made the vessel was firmly fixed in the sand about 500 feet from shore, with her hull out about eight inches.
The passengers became greatly alarmed when the vessel was beached, but the crew worked manfully and soon cut a channel through the ice to the shore and the passengers were all landed by means of a small boat, and the storm on the lakes was the worst in years.
The vessel is not injured in any way and will probably be released this evening. The passengers were all sent to their destinations this morning. This is the second accident to the Goodrich boats during the last two months.
Capt. Cameron of the life saving station visited the beached vessel this afternoon and assisted in removing the crew from the vessel. The captain says that the boat has only touched the shore and is no danger whatever. The captain of the boat is David Corcoran wand was formerly a great friend of the head of the life saving station here and he stated to the Kenosha man that it would be impossible for the boat to be released until the wind swings round to the west and blows the ice out into the lake again. The captain says that there is a full seven miles of ice between the vessel and open water.
Ed. C. Werner