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Iosco (Propeller), U100484, sunk, 2 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.
The total number of deaths in the great storm is now believed to be 39.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 6, 1905

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      Cleveland, Sept. 7. - W.A. Hawgood & Company, owners of the steamer IOSCO, which foundered in the recent heavy storm on Lake Superior, today received a telegram from Marquette, Mich., saying that the bodies of four man and one woman have been washed ashore at Pine River with life preservers attached to them, bearing the name IOSCO. The woman is believed to be the wife of the cook, who shipped from Fairport.
      The IOSCO carried a crew of 19 persons, all of whom undoubtedly perished.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 7, 1905

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IOSCO Built April, 25, 1891 Bulk Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 100484 2051 gt -1706 nt 291' x 41' x 19.8'
Foundered near Huron Islands, Lake Superior, September 3, 1905; all hands (19) lost.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

Steam screw IOSCO. U. S. No. 100484. Of 2051.82 tons gross; 1706.83 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich. 1891. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 291.0 x 41.0 x 19.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

Steam screw IOSCO. U. S. No. 100484. Of 2,051 tons gross. Built 1891. On September 2, 1905, vessel foundered off Huron Island, Lake Superior, with 19 persons aboard. Nineteen lives lost.
      Loo of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1906

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.95437 Longitude: -87.97735
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Iosco (Propeller), U100484, sunk, 2 Sep 1905