The story of a 29 hours' struggle to keep from sinking at sea, during which time the vessel's hull once disappeared partly under water, and in which wireless telegraphy finally brought rescue, was reported by the oil tank steamer, City of Everett, upon her arrival at New York Oct. 19. This steamer came from Port Arthur, Texas, with the barge, Standard Oil Co. No. 94, in tow.
On October 9, in a heavy storm, the pounding of the the seas broke the steamer's hawser pipe plate, carrying away the turret door and allowing the sea to rush through the opening. The water filled the fore-peak, causing the steamer to settle by the head to a depth or five feet. Water covered the entire forward portion of the hull up to the mainmast. Oil was pumped hurriedly out of one tank, No. 3, both to lighten the steamer, thus raising her half sunken hull, and also to quiet the heavy seas. The steamer, however, became unmanageable.
By wireless telegraph the steamer Capt. A. F. Lucas was informed of the oil steamer's plight, and came to her assistance. For 29 hours the A. F. Lucas stood alongside, until the flooded compartment was pumped out and repaired sufficiently to allow the City of Everett to proceed on her voyage.