Detroit Free Press
October 20, 1906

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Ashtabula Lifesavers Unable
to Overtake It - Gale is Subsiding

Latest reports indicate a subsidence of the gale on the lakes. No fatalities and no additional mishaps are chronicled, though the lifesavers at Ashtabula had a long pull yesterday, in answer to distress signals by a small steamer bound down Lake Erie.

Accompanied by the tug William D., the lifesavers made a run of ten miles out in the lake, but discovered that the steamer was leaving them behind. They gave up the chase and were brought back by the tug, soaked and quite exhausted from their long pull in the heavy sea. The identity of the steamer was not learned.

Detroit Free Press, October 21, 1906

Mistook Anchor Fleet Flag For Distress Signal

Erie, October 26. - It was the fleet flag of the Anchor line flying at the forepeak of the steamer S. C. Reynolds, recently chartered by that company, which was mistaken yesterday for a distress signal by the lifesaving crew at Ashtabula. When the Reynolds arrived here today, Capt. Herrick reported at the custom house that he had been chased by the tug and life-savers while passing Ashtabula, but as there was nobody on his steamer who seemed to need saving, he had kept his ship on its course for this port.


Detroit Free Press, October 28, 1906

Marine men here are so devoid of humor that they fail to see the point of the "joke" played on the Ashtabula lifesavers by the master of the steamer Reynolds, who let them row ten miles after him, thinking the ensign on the Reynolds was a distress signal.