John B. Lyon

Lost Sept. 12, 1900

From the Marine City Newspaper, Michigan

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Pub. 1900


Subtitle: Remains of the Marine City Victims of the Lyon Disaster all Accounted for.


Marine City has been the scene of three most sorrowful funerals during the past week, as a consequence of the foundering of the steamer Jno. B. Lyon on Tuesday of last week. The remains interred here were: Wheelsman W. C. Tyler, Tuesday; Capt. Albert Senghas, Wednesday; Second Mate Geo. Tyler, Thursday. The remains of each were conveyed from the (---on) boat to their late homes where short services were held, interment in the city cemetery following immediately. S. Ward Lodge F. & A. M. conducted the remains of their late Brother Capt. Senghas, to it last resting place. Fortress Lodge, K. of P., of which the late Geo. Tyler was a member, conducted the funeral Thursday afternoon.


Marine City has been so completely stirred to sympathy for the unfortunate departed ones and their bereaved relatives and friends, that the foregoing scenes were indeed the most sorrowful ever witnessed in this city. Though sorrowful and hard to bear, yet it is a matter of consolation for those who are left to mourn the loss of dear ones, to know that the remains have been recovered and are now laid to rest.


Profound sympathy is expressed on every hand for the wives, mother and other relatives and friends of the departed ones.


Lyon’s Master was a Hero.


The is taken from the Detroit Free Press of Tuesday, Sept. 18:


“The story told by W. H. Braund, one of the wheelsman of the steamer John B. Lyon, is as follow: We left Marquette with ore for Cleveland and ran down to Ashtabula with a barge which we left. Then we set out for Cleveland, but ran into Fairport. The (unreadable) was so we started for Erie to get (unreadable) coal. The wind began to blow with (unreadable) were 25 miles east of Ashtabula (unreadable) sea was running so heavy the captain ordered the crew into the hold. The upper deck was leaking, so the captain ordered holes cut in the ceiling to allow the water to run off the iron ore into the bilges. While all hands were below large portions of the upper deck gave way under the heavy seas and the torrents of water that rushed into the hold nearly drowned the men there. The men then clambered onto the deck and put on life preservers and tried to launch the small boat, but it was filled with water and sank.”


“The heavy seas had by this time burst in the whole deck. The vessel burst in the whole deck. The vessel filled and went down like lightning. The crew were then thrown into the lake and all commenced a terrible battle with the floating wreckage for their lives. When I finally got out from underneath the debris I could not see a living soul. I thought I was the only survivor. I had no idea I would ever reach shore but after a terrible struggle I did. Once on I collapsed and became unconscious. When I woke up I found myself in bed. What happened after I reached the shore I know nothing of.”


“Throughout the whole battle with the wind and seas Capt. Senghas acted in a very heroic manner. He tried to pour oil on the seas out of two pair of trousers, of which the legs had been tied. He threw the oil filled trousers over, but the sea was too heavy to be calmed. He did everything in his power to save his ship but when he saw it must sink he gave his life preserver to a deckhand.”


According to the story of those rescued the Lyon went down in ninety feet of water about five miles from shore.



Wheelsman W. H. Braund, above referred to, was a guest of Fred Koenig, this city, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and to The Globe related his horrible experience after the Lyon went down. Mr. Braund states that Capt. Senghas and every member of the crew was on deck when the steamer went down and that every man did all in his power to save the ship. He gives Capt. Senghas great praise for his brave acts.


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