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Paul Robert "Pete" Horn
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1937
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1958
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA

[Following written by Chuck Horn, 08/1999, for inclusion in Horn Family Reunion history]:

"I believe Pete may have started sailing the summer of 1955 (right after his high school graduation), but I am not sure. I can't recall the ship he was on, if any.

"He sailed with me on the Str B H Taylor in 1956 and became an Oiler in 1957 aboard the Str Carl D Bradley.

"The 'Bradley did not fit-out in the Spring of 1958. Pete was assigned to the Str Irvin L Clymer until late summer when the 'Bradley fitted-out due to an increase of business. He then was transferred to the 'Bradley.

He and I had decided to attend Marine Engineer's Winter School in Cleveland, Ohio. He was to obtain his 3rd Assistant Engineer's license, and I to upgrade to Chief Engineer license."
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OBIT-PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY ADVANCE: Vol 80, #47, (Special Edition on Carl D Bradley Sinking; Thursday, Nov 20, 1958

[Note: Due the large number of deaths resulting from the Carl D Bradley disaster, only synopsis obituaries were written for the Special Edition]

PAUL HORN-Oiler, A 1955 graduate of the local Rogers City High School and native of Rogers City, Paul was born on June 19, 1937, the son of Mr and Mrs Fred Horn. He is survived by his mother, Mrs Edna Horn, a brother Charles and three sisters: Mrs Robert (Dorothy) LaLonde, Mrs Norman (Lois) Haselhuhn, and Corinne, at home, all of Rogers City.
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GREAT LAKES LORE MUSEUM INDUCTS 30 by Gail Maggi, Staff Writer for Presque Isle County Advance, Vol 125, # 34, Thursday, August 21, 2003, pp 1A and 2A:

The Great Lake Lore Maritime Museum has completed its move from the Thumb area (Sebewaing) by conducting its13th annual "Gathering" at its new hometown, Rogers City.

More than 240 arrived from all parts of Michigan and out-of-state to celebrate and "Honor Those Who Served" on the Great Lakes during their respective careers.

This year 30 professional sailing members were honored by being inducted into the museum collection's membership. Records of their careers individualized with framed posters, biographies, photos, and bits of memorabilia, will remain on display at the museum.

Many inductees were from the Rogers City area this year and included:

Paul Robert Horn of Rogers City started his career in 1955 and became an oiler aboard the Irvin L Clymer, then the Carl D Bradley. On November 18, 1958, Horn along with may friends such as Hardy Felax and Al Boehmer, perished when the Bradley went down with only Elmer Fleming and Frank Mays surviving...

The inductees or representatives for those deceased were called forward to accept an induction certificate before having their photo (p 2A) taken for the museum records. (Accepting for Paul was his sister Corinne Schaedig).

ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM Induction citation into the Great Lake Lore Maritime Museum, Rogers City:

Paul Robert Horn began his sailing career in 1955 following in the steps of his older brother now retired Chief Engineer Charlie Horn. In 1957 Pete, as he was called, received his oilers card while on the Carl D. Bradley. The Bradley didn't fit out in the spring of 1958 due to lack of business and was in fact due to the ship yard in Superior for repairs to the hull.

Pete was aboard the Irving L. Clymer during that period. Business started to pickup and the Carl D. Bradley was brought to sail. Pete was then sent back to the Bradley from the Clymer.

He was on the 12-4 watch along with his sailing group friends Al Boehmer, 2nd Engineer and Hardy Felax, stoker man. They were good friends and stayed together until November 18, 1958. Tragedy lay ahead for Paul Horn and his friends.

On November 18, 1958, the Carl D. Bradley broke in two in Lake Michigan in a storm. Elmer Fleming and Frank Mays were the only two crewmen to survive. Rogers City lost 26 of its young men.

November 18, 1958...A time well engrained into the minds of the people of Rogers City and surrounding area.


The Bradley Transportation Company of Rogers City, Michigan, had the largest self-unloading steel steamer on the Great Lakes built in 1927 and named her CARL D. BRADLEY after the President and Director of the firm. She served in the limestone and coal trades her entire career on the inland seas and set many cargo records in the process. The self-unloading type freighter was not rare on the Lakes at that time. That type of carrier had been in existence since the turn of the century but it had been perfected in the BRADLEY. She was by far the largest carrier on the Lakes at that time as well as being the largest self-unloader. It was a proud day for the citizens of Rogers City when she first steamed into port on her maiden voyage. The majority of her crew were from that small Northern Michigan port and the ship proved her worth to her owners over the next quarter century of her existence. Her days of service came to an end in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958. She had left the lower Lake Michigan port of Gary bound for Rogers City in ballast and was buffeted by gale force winds almost immediately after her departure. Heavy seas washed over the bow but the BRADLEY held course towards the northern part of the Lake. At approximately 5:30 that evening she broke in two and sank almost immediately off Gull Island.

Just before going down she had sent out distress signals which were heard by the Coast Guard and a German motor vessel in the vicinity. Both the motor vessel and a US Coast Guard cutter rushed to the position last broadcast and began the search for survivors. Only two men were rescued from the thirty-five crewmen aboard. This was the most severe loss of life on Lake Michigan since the violent gales of the Armistice Day Storms of November 11, 1940.

Later investigations and televised photos of her wreck on the bottom of the lake proved the BRADLEY had split in two before she sank. The mighty ship had suffered so severely from the huge seas in the last hours of her existence that she buckled and plunged to the bottom in only a few minutes. Thus ended another career of a gallant ship and the lives of her captain and crew. The city of Rogers City was overwhelmed with grief. Most of the crewmen were residents of that small town and almost every family was involved.

The entire Great Lakes community was shocked at the loss of the BRADLEY and the stories of her final days in service and of the bereaved town circulated for many weeks there- after. In these days of extreme care for the safety of ships and men, the story of the BRADLEY could hardly be believed.
BUILT: American Shipbuilding Company Lorain, Ohio GROSS REGISTERED TONNAGE: 10,028
LENGTH: 623.2 ENGINES Steam Turbine
BREADTH: 65.2 ENGINE BUILDER: General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York
DEPTH: 30.2 
Family links: 
  Frederick Robert Wilhelm Horn (1894 - 1954)
  Edna Auguste Fisher Horn (1900 - 1977)
  Dorothy Louise Horn LaLonde (1920 - 2012)*
  Lois Edna Horn Haselhuhn (1923 - 1998)*
  Robert Charles Horn (1929 - 1929)*
  Charles Fredrich Horn (1931 - 2013)*
  Paul Robert Horn (1937 - 1958)
*Calculated relationship
Rogers Township Cemetery
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 05, Lot 11, Site 6
Created by: Robert Adrian
Record added: Dec 26, 2009
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Paul Robert Pete Horn
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