Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Charles Cramer, Final Survivor of the American Eagle Disaster
Charles Cramer, of 525 North Depot Street, died on January 11, 1914, from pneumonia at Sandusky's Providence Hospital. He was believed to have been the last survivor of the American Eagle disaster which took place in Sandusky Bay on May 20, 1882. According to the Maritime History of the Great Lakes, the boiler of the American Eagle exploded while on route to Put in Bay. The explosion took place near Kelleys Island. Six lives were lost in this disaster. Mr. Cramer was horribly burned about his face, chest, and arms.
An obituary for Charles Cramer appeared in the January 12, 1914 issue of the Sandusky Register. Mr. Cramer was survived by his widow, the former Mary Goosman, two daughters, and a son, Jay Cramer of Cleveland. Father Joseph S. Widmann conducted services for Charles Cramer, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Charles Cramer had been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.