Isaac W. Nicholas, a pioneer shipbuilder, is dead at Cleveland, aged 85. He built the first three-masted schooner on the lakes, the ESCANABA, which is still in commission; he also built the first steel steamer, the ORONO.(sic)
June 12, 1900
MR. NICHOLS WAS WEALTHY.
The dispatches describing the career of the recently deceased I.W. Nichols, of Cleveland, were totally inaccurate. He was not only the builder of the first three-masted schooner on the lakes, the ESCANABA, but was associated with old Capt. Alva Bradley in the building of a number of wooden vessels, the first being the WELLINGTON, built fifty years ago, and afterwards became president of the Nicholas Transit Co., and vice-president of the Minch Transit Co., having large interests in both concerns. He was also a stock-holder in the American Shipbuilding Co. [the Trust] and in the Euclid Avenues Trust and Savings Co. The Transit companies own such standard vessels as the steamers I. W. NICHOLS, built five years ago, and carrying 4,000 tons; the WADE; the DEVEREUX and the CHISHOLM. The first large iron steamer built on the great lakes, the ONOKO, is the property of the Minch company, as are also the wooden steamers PHILIP MINCH and JOHN N. GLIDDEN.
June 12, 1900
Steam screw ONOKO. U. S. No. 155048. Of 2,164.42 tons gross; 1,933.20 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio 1882. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 287.3 X 38.8 X 20.7 Built of Iron or steel.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891