Coast Guard Losses on Lake Erie in 1913 Honored

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

Six members of the Coast Guard lost in a storm on Lake Erie a century ago are being honored.

The steam-powered Light Vessel 82 was warning ships coming and going from Buffalo Harbor in the fall of 1913 when a severe storm hit. The exact spot where the 100-foot-long vessel sank near Crystal Beach in Ontario is unknown.

Captain Hugh Williams made the fateful decision that day to lower the anchor, which may have cost his life and the lives of his crew members,’ but the vessel would continue to warn other ships during the horrific storm.

On Friday, Williams’ descendants visited a memorial plaque at Crystal Beach’s Waterfront Park in a service commemorating the sacrifices of Williams and his crew. On Saturday, aboard the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, they took turns ringing the ship’s bell in honor of the lost men.