The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John V. Jones (Schooner), U75766, waterlogged, 19 Oct 1905

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Ludington, Mich., Oct. 21. - After clinging to the rigging of their vessel for over 24 hours without food and with the ice-cold spray dashing over them, four of the crew of the schooner J.V. JONES were rescued this morning and brought here by the car ferry PERE MARQUETTE No. 18. Two of the crew succunbed to exposure before help arrived. They were: William Thompson, seaman, and Eve Olfsen. The rescued are: Louis Fredrekson, captain; Jacob Fredrekson, mate; Hans M. Hansen, Olaf Gundersen. The JONES had loaded hardwood lumber in Traverse Bay and was half-way across the lake on the way to Milwaukee when struck by the terrible northeast gale. The pounding soon caused the old vessel to leak and as she settled to one side, the deck load slipped overboard. The next gust threw the ship on her beam ends, and the crew scrambled into the rigging. From Friday morning until early this morning the crew, with clothing soaked by the spray, watched in vain for succor. Friday night Thomson and Olafsen, benumbed by the cold, became unconscious and despite the efforts of their companions, slipped from their insecure resting place into the lake and sank immediately. When sighted by Capt. Kilty of the PERE MARQUETTE, the survivors were barely able to wave a faint signal.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 22, 1905

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      Port Washington, Oct. 24. - The abandoned schooner J.V. JONES, whose crew was taken into Ludington, is reported by a fish tug, to be 40 miles off this port. All spars are now gone, except the main mast. The vessel is waterlogged The wreck forms a dangerous obstruction to navigation.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 24, 1905

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Milwaukee, Oct. 26. - The Revenue Cutter TUSCARORA brought in the hull of the schooner J.V. JONES, which capsized in the gale, with the loss of two of her crew. It was located 50 miles northeast of here. While the masts are gone, the hull appears to be intact, and will be placed in dry-dock.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 26, 1905

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Schooner JOHN V. JONES, U.S. No. 75766 of 200 gross tons, built 1875. Stranded October 20, 1905, 35 miles N.E. of Milwaukee, Wis., with 5 persons on board two lives were lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1906
      1906 List of Merchant Vessels, U. S. A.

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Schooner JOHN V. JONES. U. S. No. 75766. Of 200 tons gross; 190 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1875. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 125.2 x 27.0 x 8.6 Crew of 5.
      merchant Vesel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: 2
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
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John V. Jones (Schooner), U75766, waterlogged, 19 Oct 1905