Monday, November 28, 2011
The Great Storm of 1913 struck on November 9th. Storms had been raging for days preceding November 9th and a lull that day tricked ships into coming out of port only to be hit with sudden hurricane force winds and waves of over 30 feet. Ten ships went down that day with 248 lives lost on Huron, Georgian Bay & Superior. One of the bodies washed ashore was the Chief Engineer of the Charles S. Price wearing a lifejacket from the ship Regina. The supposedly unsinkable newly built steel ship Charles S Price (28 victims) was found upside down in different part of Lake Huron than the Regina (20 victims). How the lifejacket ended up on the Chief Engineer so far away from it’s ship no one knows for sure. Perhaps he picked it out of the water before his boat capsized or perhaps the boats went down close together and the Charles S Price was pushed some distance before it dragged bottom upside down when it was turtled by waves and wind.