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NOTES ON THE "ERIE L. HACKLEY"
- Passengers on the Hackley were:
- Lawrence Barringer ~ Lost
- Edna Barringer ~ Lost
- George LeClair ~ Lost
- John Haltuc ?Spelling?
- F. Matheison
- Nels Nelson
- Martin Olson
- Milton Olson
- Henry Robertoy ~ Lost
- Freeman Thorp ~ Lost
- Edna Vincent ~ Lost
- Ethel Vincent ~ Lost
- Crew Members on this voyage:
- Joseph L. Vorous, Captain ~ Lost
- Carl Pelkey, Cook ~ Lost
- Hugh Miller, Deck Hand ~ Lost
- F. C. Blakefield, Purser
- B. McSweeny, Fireman
- Milton Hanson, Fireman
- Orin Rowin, Engineer
The Erie L. Hackley
was built in Muskegon. Michigan, in 1882. The ship was 79 feet long, 17 feet
wide, and drew only a little over five feet of water. When the ship was 21
years old, it was purchased for $3,000.00 by Captain Joseph Vorous, Henry
Robertoy, Orin Bowin, and Edgar Thorp in the spring of 1903.
The ship was put in service on a route from Sturgeon Bay across Green Bay
to Menominee, then back across Green Bay to Egg Harbor and north to Fish
Creek. From here it went up the Strawberry Channel past Eagle Bluff to Detroit
Harbor on Washington Island, and then returned. The Hackley was soon nicknamed
the "Egg Harbor Express." All but one of the crew was from Fish Creek. They
were as follows:
Captain Joseph Vorous
The official name was the "Fish Creek Transportation Company."
The ship left Menominee for Egg Harbor at about 5:45 P.M. on, October 3,
1903. About 15 minutes out of Menominee the storm struck and they tried to
head for the lee of Green Island for shelter. A few minutes later the Hackley
went down and sank so quickly that no one managed to grab a life preserver.
Eleven people perished, including the captain. Eight survivors clung to the
wreckage throughout the night and were picked up late the next morning by
the steamer "Sheboygan," captained by Asa Johnson.
The foregoing notes were taken from "Ships and Men of the Great Lakes," by
Dwight Boyer. Information researched by: William C. Tong, Manager, Bayside
Cemetery Association, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
This page was contributed by Jack LaPeer, descendant of Capt. Joseph Vorous.
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