this time, a lifesaving crew from Plum Island had hauled their
life-saving equipment over land to the shore near the grounded
ship. However, the breaking waves were too powerful, and the
rescue team could offer no help to the men in the lifeboat. At
the mercy of the elements, the men rowed toward shore, struggling
to keep the small lifeboat from capsizing or crashing against
the rocks. In the end, they were lucky. They made it through
the powerful breakers and landed safely on shore.
Louisiana about 1889
others around the lakes were not so fortunate. The "Big Blow
of 1913" blew for two more days, becoming one of the worst
storms to hit the lakes in recorded history. The gale that
destroyed the Louisiana also wrecked a reported 20 Great Lakes
vessels, damaged 71 other ships, and drowned 248 sailors.