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Ira H. Owen (Propeller), U100410, sunk, 28 Nov 1905

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      Capt. Joseph Hulligan of Buffalo, in Command, Among The Victims.
      Chicago, Dec. 2. - The steel steamer IRA H. OWEN, with a crew of 19 men, was engulfed on Lake Superior in the great storm. Of the crew of 19, the names of the following are known:
      Capt. Joseph Hulligan, Buffalo
      First Mate, Thomas Honner.
      Second Mate M. Haggerty.
      First Engineer, H. Buchanan.
      Second Engineer, J.B. Alger.
      Oiler, B.B. Hook.
      Wheelsmen, M.J. Jacobs and L. Montsay.
      Lookouts, C. McKay and J. Kundsen.
The last seen of the OWEN was when she was sighted about 40 miles off Outer Island of the Apostle group by the steamer H.G. NYE when the storm was at its height Tuesday. The OWEN was then blowing distress signals and was in a bad way. The NYE had all she could do to keep after herself and could not respond to the signals. Then the snow set in again, shutting the disabled boat out from view. When a lull came two hours afterwards the vessel had disappeared.
The next tidings of the OWEN were brought into Ashland last night by Capt. M.K. Chamberlain of the steamer SIR WILLIAM SIEMENS. Capt. Chamberlain reported that at ten o'clock yesterday, when twelve miles east of Michigan Island, he ran into a mass of wreckage, consisting of chairs, stanchions, and the top of a cabin and other debris. Floating in the midst of were life preservers marked "S. S. IRA H. OWEN."
The manager of the lost vessel is Captain J.G. Keith, of 522 West Jackson Boulevard. When informed last night of the finding of the wreckage, Capt. Keith admitted that all hope was gone.
Capt. Hulligan, who commanded the lost boat, was a veteran in lake service and well known at every important lake port. This is the first trip that Capt. Thomas Honner has made as mate of the OWEN, the change having been made the last time the steamer was here. Capt. Honner was as well known as Capt. Hulligan, and only took a mate's position for the last trip of the season.
The OWEN was built at Cleveland in 1887, and has always been considered especially staunch and seaworthy. She was insured for $100,000. Her cargo of barley was also insured.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 2, 1905

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      Propeller IRA H. OWEN, U.S. No.100410, of 1753 gross tons, built 1887. Foundered November 28, 1905 off Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. No lives lost. Vessel a total loss.
      Loss of American Vessels
      1906, List of Merchant Vessels, U.S.A.

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Steam screw IRA H. OWEN. U. S. No. 100410. Of 1753 tons gross; 1497 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1887. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 262.0 x 39.0 x 19.0 Crew of 17. Of 750 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $100,000
Freight: barley
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 46.93827 Longitude: -90.65296
William R. McNeil
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Ira H. Owen (Propeller), U100410, sunk, 28 Nov 1905