meantime, aboard the Madeira, Captain John Dissette and the nine members of his crew fought to keep their vessel afloat. They
dropped the anchors in an attempt to keep the barge from drifting into the Minnesota shoreline they knew was nearby.
member Fred Benson saved the day. They said he attached a lifeline to his belt, and then, in the midst of that winter gale
he waited for the waves to carry the wreck close enough, then jumped to the rocks, succeeded in gaining a grip, then climbed
up the rock wall until he reached the top.
there, Benson secured his rope and cast it back to the three men trapped on the bow of the barge. After they successfully
climbed to safety, he tossed the rope to the aft part of the barge and those men also reached the top of the cliff.
one member of the Madeira’s crew perished in that storm. He was First Mate John Morrow who climbed the after mast in
an attempt to get out of the storm. He fell into the sea when the mast snapped.
built a fire where they huddled until dawn. From there they hiked off until they came upon a fisherman’s shanty, and
from there moved on to a lumber camp.
on the wreck of the Edenborn, trouble was quickly brewing. In the darkness four sailors fell through the open hatches but
were successfully pulled to safety. Second Assistant Engineer James Johnson, however, also fell through an open hatch where
he drowned in a flooded hold.
crew was not facing a rock cliff, but Captain Talbot saw that his command had struck at the mouth of Split Rock River where
the land was heavily forested. Since the bow of the ship remained firmly anchored in the shore, he gathered the crew to the
forepeak where they waited dry and safe until morning.
morning First Mate Hormig and two other men got ashore in a raft. There they secured a line to a tree and rigged up a type
of breeches buoy in case the crew had to leave the wreck. Then they hiked to a nearby lumber camp for help.
crews were picked up later that day by the tug Edna G.
of both vessels, the Pittsburg Steamship Company, declared both vessels a total loss.