1914 – The BENJAMIN NOBLE disappeared with all hands in Lake Superior. The wreck was finally located in 2004 and it lies 10 miles off Two Harbors, MN. The discovery was confirmed in July 2005.
LAKE BOAT DOWN WITH SCORE MEN.
STEAMER BENJAMIN NOBLE SINKS AFTER FIGHT WITH TERRIFIC STORM.
NO TRACE OF THE MEMBERS OF CREW — ONLY WRECKAGE REMAINS OF THE CRAFT.
Duluth, Minn., April 29 — Reports from the life saving crew at the head of the lakes make it practically certain that the steamer Benjamin Noble, with her officers, a crew of twenty men and a large cargo of railroad iron was sunk off Minnesota Point during the violent storm early today. Life belts, hatches, spars and oars and other wreckage were picked up this morning and efforts are being made to locate the vessel.
Was A Freighter.
The Noble was a freight vessel owned by the capital transportation company of Detroit. John A. Francombe of Detroit is the manager and D. T. Helm and company of Duluth are the local agents. The personnel of the crew is unknown to the local agents except the captain, JOHN EISINHARDT who is a new officer on the vessel.
The vessel had a capacity of 1,481 gross tons, was 239 feet in length with a 42 foot beam.
She passed up the Soo on April 25.
The Helm company wired the Detroit office this forenoon informing the owners of the wreck. No hope is entertained that any of the crew has been saved.
Fear For Others.
Great anxiety is felt in Duluth for five vessels headed for this port. All of them were overdue yesterday. These are the William H. Truesdale, Willis King, F. T. Peffelfinger, Sheldon Parks and David Z. Norton.
No word has been received of these vessels, although dilligent search by wireless has been made throughout last night and this morning.
Racine Journal News Wisconsin 1914-04-29
The steamer BENJAMIN NOBLE was launched yesterday at the Wyandotte yards of the Detroit Shipbuilding Company for the Capital Transportation Company, of Detroit. Miss Olive Elaine Noble christened the boat for her father.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, April 29, 1909
BENJAMIN NOBLE Built April 28, 1909 Bulk Propeller – Steel
U. S. No. 206240 1481 gt – 887 nt 239.2′ x 42.2′ x 18.8′
Foundered off Knife Island, Lake Superior, April 27, 1914; all hands (20) lost.
Detroit/Wyandotte Shipbuilding Master list
Institute for Great Lakes research
Steam screw BENJAMIN NOBLE. U. S. No. 206240. oF 1,481 tons gross. Built 1909. On April 28, 1914, vessel foundered near Knife Island, Lake Superior, with 16 persons on board. 16 lives were lost.
Loss Reported of American Vessels
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1914