On October 3, 1887, the HAVANA was bound for St. Joseph from Escanaba with a load of iron ore. Because the seas were running high as she approached St. Joseph, Captain John Curran was unable to safely steer his vessel into the harbor. The captain set anchor just outside the harbor and the hold began to take on water. Unable to signal a tug, the HAVANA drifted north of St. Joseph and foundered. The crew of seven scrambled into the rigging but three men--Captain Curran, Ship's cook John Morse and seaman Joseph Clint--were drowned when the mainmast fell. The remaining four crew members were eventually saved through the heroic efforts of the crew of the tug HANNAH SULLIVAN.