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Olive Jeanette (Schooner), U155181, sunk, 3 Sep 1905

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Pekuaming, Mich., Sept. 6. - The steamer IOSCO will have to be added to the list of ships which foundered on Lake Superior in the great gale last Sunday, if the story told by the wreckage through which the tug D.L. HEBARD passed is well founded. Life-preservers marked "IOSCO" and much other wreckage were found near Huron Island. The stem of a schooner had been thrown upon the end of Point Abbaye. The body of a sailor was found ten miles this side of Point Abbaye.
It is now believed that both the steamer IOSCO and the schooner OLIVE JEANETTE which the IOSCO had in tow, foundered in the vicinity of where the wreckage had been sighted. It is certain that the OLIVE JEANETTE is lost. The light-keeper on Huron Island plainly saw a big schooner founder four miles north of the light at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. No steamer was in sight at the time. The IOSCO carried a crew of 19.
      The OLIVE JEANETTE carried a crew of seven men, as follows:
      McGreevy, Captain, Buffalo
      J.M. Quinn, engineer
      William Johnson, steward
      G. Bolin, seaman
      J. Ellison, seaman
      James Gelharson, seaman
      Charles Showman, seaman.
Both boats were owned by W.A. Hawgood & Company of Cleveland. The IOSCO was insured for $65,000 and the OLIVE JEANETTE for $40,000 through Smith, Davis & Co., of Buffalo. The steamer was built in 1891 and the schooner in 1890, both by F.W. Wheeler of Bay City.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 6, 1905

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OLIVE JEANETTE Built May 24, 1890 Schooner - Wood
U. S. No. 155181 1271 gt -1208 nt 242' x 39' x 16'
Foundered September 2, 1905, off Huron Island, Lake Superior; all hands (7) lost.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

Schooner OLIVE JEANETTE. U. S. No. 155181. Of 1,271 tons gross. Built 1890. On September 2, 1906, vessel foundered off Huron Islands, Lake Superior. With 7 persons on board. Seven lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1906
Schooner OLIVE JEANETTE. U. S. No. 155181. Of 1,271 tons gross; 1,208 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1890. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 242.0 x 39.0 x 16.0 Crew of 7
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.95437 Longitude: -87.97735
William R. McNeil
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Olive Jeanette (Schooner), U155181, sunk, 3 Sep 1905