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The Yacht Idler


Newspaper Articles On The Sinking Of The Yacht "Idler"

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Court Case of Captain Holmes








Expedition Searched in Vain for Victims of the Disaster.



Investigation Into the Accident to be Held in Cleveland


     The second day's expedition in search of the victims of the ill fated yacht Idler did not prove fruitful as was at first expected, but hope is still retained that success will finally crown the heroic efforts of the beraved Capt. James Corrigan, Yesterday's expedition was in the main for the purpose of recovering the body of the infant daughter of Mr. Charles L. Rieley, and to this end about twenty men, two tugs and a wrecking crew were employed on the lake for many hours.

     Shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday morning the tug William Kennedy, in charge of Capt. Sam McAnaugh, left the docks of the Great Lakes Towing Co., at the foot of Main street. She carried with her besides the crew Capt. James Corrigan, Mr. Frank Rieley, father-in-law of Mrs. Charles J. Rieliy; Al Rumsey, who was in charge of the expedition; Divers Metcalf and Schwab, and their assistants, together with the mate and crew of the yacht. At the United States life saving station Capt. Motley and Surfman Mulcahy were taken aboard, and their small surf boat taken in tow. About the same time the tug Tom Maytham, under Capt Bush, came out of her slip towing the Smith wrecking scow Jumbo, a large ungainly craft. with its deck strewn with ropes., tackles, chains, and derricks. The two tugs made fast to the wrecking scow and headed toward the wreck.

     The rising sun showed a clear east, but the west was somewhat threatening, and the choppy sea indicated that slightly rough weather might be expected, but by 7 o'clock, when the wreck was reached, the lake had calmed and no better conditions for a good work could be expected. To anchor the tug Kennedy in position for the divers was a task which consumed about an hour, and shortly before 8 o'clock Diver Walter Metcalf made his first descent. He was down but a moment or two when the signal to raise him to the surface was given, and it was hoped that success had early crowned his efforts, but not such good luck. He was empty handed, and explained that his diving paraphernalia was not working properly, After again arranging it he made a second descent, this time being supplied with nails and battings with which to close up the door and hatchway of the vessel. This time he remained beneath the water about fifteen minutes.

     When he appeared at the surface again he stated that he had traveled to the end of his pipe line or a distance of about 100 feet, travercing to a considerable depth the cabin, but failed to find the body of the child. He then nailed the slats across the door and nailed the hatchway down so that the boat could be towed ashore and whatever was in the cabin could not find its way out. This is one of the strong hopes that is entertained for the recovery of the child's body. The divers also stated that there is a possibility that either one or both of the other bodies, those of Miss Ida and Miss Jane Corrigan may also be in the cabin, which point will be proved when the careful search is made in shallow water.

     From start to finish Capt. Corrigan retained his composure and, in fact, was the foremost among the workers. He superintended the work of anchoring the tug and later in the work of getting the chain under the keel of the yacht, even putting ropes and handling tackle with the nimbleness of a young sailor. During the time the diver was down the captain anxiously inquired what means had been taken to provide for them if they should be brought up, and then he anxiously watched the bubbling track of the diver as he moved about and disappointment was plainly marked upon his countenance when the trip resulted unsuccessfully.

     By teh time the divers had completed their work the fickle lake was a perfect calm, but threatening clouds appeared in the west. A large chain was then fastened to ropes between the tugs and an effort was made to slip this under the nose of the sunken vessel. The first trial was unsuccessful, however, as the Maytham's line was cut by the bobstay of the Idler and a most tedious task of again taking in and arranging the chain began. This consumed time and greatly agitated all at work, for the clouds in the west became more and more threatening. At last the chain was ready and this time let down successfully, Then a series of towing, first by one vessel and then by another, gradually worked the chain beneath the bow of the yacht and back about to her formast. This work was scarcely completed when  the storm about 1 o'clock struck the little fleet. Everything was made snug and the men hastened out of the rain and hail which pelted down ferociously, striking the face and body wherever it struck. The rain was blinding and the sea rose in a wild rage, which allowed a slight picture of what must have been the conditions of the weather at the time the wreck occurred. In less than an hour, however, the storm had subsided and the men were again eagerly at their work as they hoped to have their work finished and not have to make another trip to the scene of the wreck. It was decided that all efforts would be made to float the Idler sufficiently that she might ve towed into the shallow water near the breakwater and a through search be made of the interior of the vessel. To this end Al Rumsey left the work in charge of Capt. Corrigan and proceeded to the city on the Mayham to obtain food and other stimulants for the men and light by which to work if night overtook them.

     The work on the Idler had to be abandoned about 8 o'clock last night on account of the high winds and heave seas. A chain placed around the Idler which was to be attached to a derrick on a derrick scow will remain in place and the work can ve continued as soon as the lake is calm again.

     It is the intention of the wrecking crew to lift one end of the Idler and let the other drag on the bottom, Tugs will be attached to the derrick scow and the Idler will be dragged ashore in that way.

    No bodies were found last night.   





Is Being Kept by Mariners All Along the Shore




     The interest of the mariners in general has been awakened to a great degree by the wreck of he yacht Idler, and a careful lookout is being kept at many points for floating bodies. The water of the lake being warm will cause it to throw the dead to the surface much sooner than if it were in cooler weather.

     Some believe that a current in the lake crosses about the point at which the Idler went down, and washes the shore somewhat east of Rocky river, as many dround persons have been found on the beach in this vicinity. Others say that the heave wind from the northwest for several days would probably throw the bodies up nearer to the city, and perhaps even east of the breakwater.







Coroner Simon to Hold Inquest in the Idler Case



     After a consultation with Attorney Harvey D. Goulder, counsel for the Corrigans, and after looking up the law. Assistant County Solicitor Fred Taft yesterday afternoon decided that Coroner Simon has the authority to hold an inquest into the disaster to the yacht Idler, with the consequent loss of life.

    There was some question about the yacht lying within the limits of this county.  Mr. Taft decided it is in this county, and that the four-mile limit had no bearing on the case. The coroner will be notified today of the fact.











Services Over the Remains of Miss Etta Irene Corrigan




     The body of Miss Etta Irene Corrigan, the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. John Corrigan, was laid to rest at Woodland cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral took place from the family home, No. 71 Cutler street, at 3 o'clock.

     Rev. John W. Malcolm, pastor of the First Congregational church began the service with a prayer. In the course of his sermon, Rev. Mr Malcom referred to the event which had taken from one home a loved one and from another five were equally as dear. Not an eye of a person in the throng of sorrowing relatives and friends was dry when Rev. Mr. Malcolm was speaking.

     Mrs. John Corrigan, the mother of Miss Etta Corrigan, attended her daughter's funeral and stood the ordeal well. Sher will probably attend the funeral of Mrs. James Corrigan and Mrs Charles Rieley, which will be held today.

     After the service at the house a short service was held at Woodland cemetery, where the interment took place.

     The funeral of Mrs. James Corrigan and Mrs. Charles Rieley will be held at the residence of Capt. James Corrigan, No. 1340 Willson avenue, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Dr. S. P. Sprecher will officiate. The interment will be at LakeView cemetery.





Newspaper Articles On The Sinking Of The Yacht "Idler"



Court Case of Captain Holmes


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