1930 – The sandsucker GEORGE J. WHALEN capsized and sank off Dunkirk, N.Y., in heavy seas and 15 sailors perished. Only 6 were rescued and taken aboard the AMASA STONE. Other names : built as prop ERWIN L. FISHER, named PORT DE CAEN [British Reg.] in 1915, BAYERSHER [French Reg.] in 1922, CLAREMONT [Canadian Reg.] in 1923 & this name in 1930.
Official no. : 207617
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight sandsucker
Build info : 1910, Toledo Shipbuilding, Toledo hull #117
Specs : 220x40x17, 1430 t.
Date of loss : 1930, Jul 29
Place of loss : 6 mi off Dunkirk, NY
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : cargo shift
Loss of life : 15
Carrying : stone
Detail : Her cargo shifted and she capsized and foundered quickly.
Sunk on lakes in ’15, raised and went to salt for War effort. Mined or torpedoed on East Coast in 1918. Raised and rebuilt, returned to lakes in ’19.
Rebuilt to a sandsucker, in 1930.
Video of the Wreck located here