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Isaac M. Scott (Propeller), U206485, collision, 12 Jul 1909

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The steel steamer JOHN B. COWLE sailed from Buffalo last week with a cargo of coal and was on her return trip down the lakes when she sank in Lake Michigan, off Whitefish Point lighthouse yesterday, after a collision with the steel steamer ISAAC M. SCOTT. Edwin Morin, of 250 Plymouth Avenue, Buffalo, the second engineer of the boat, is named among the 14 member of the crew reported dead in today's dispatches. A number of Buffalo men were aboard the boat. A special dispatch from Sault Ste. Marie gives the dead as follows:
John McKernain, engineer, Brooklyn; Edward Morin, second engineer, Buffalo; Wilfred Emerson, wheelsman, Superior, Wis.; A. J. Patton, oiler, Adams, N, Y.; ---?--- Boder, deckhand, Two Harbors, Minn.; ---?--- Johnson, porter, Two Harbors, Minn.; Seymour Higgs, fireman, Belleville, N. Y.; Walter Woodward, oiler, Adams, N. Y.; James Franklin, fireman, Adams, N. Y.; John Lane, deckhand, Adams, N. Y.; firemen, name unknown, Hancock, Mich.; two deckhands, names unknown.
      The steamer COWLE wintered at Buffalo, holding a cargo of grain for storage at the Lehigh Valley dock, TIfft Farm. She was in this city only last week and sailed for the Upper lakes after loading a cargo of coal at the Philadelphia & Reading coal dock. Owner of the boat are members of the lake carriers' Association, and when she sailed from Buffalo on her first trip earlier in the season her entire crew was shipped through the Buffalo Office.
      Before she sailed last week several additional men were taken aboard, including second engineer Morin; Joe Kaymienski of 1364 Sycamore Street, a deckhand; Jodeph Woodham of 906 Virginia Street, a wheelsman, and Frank Hanman, a deckhand, who gave no home address but requested that his mail be held for him at the lake Carriers' Shipping Office, 154 main Street. Others who shipped from Buffalo last week, were Frank Shinn of Atlantic City, deckhand; Joseph Maher of Atlantic City, deckhand and L. A. Smith of new York, deckhand. The books of the shipping office show that when the COWLE fitted out her crew included these Buffalo men; F. Smith, 97 Mills Street, deckhand; Joseph Smith, 1611 Broadway; deckhand and John Gibbons, 89 Gibson street, deckhand. The other members of the crew were from various cities, the only man from western New York being Fred Adait of Olean, N. Y.
      "Of course we have no means of knowing whether or not those man were aboard the COWLE when she went down," said Alfred Limerick, manager of the Lake Carriers' Shipping office at 154 main Street this morning. "We have not been notified that any of these were lost. Last night we were called up from Cleveland and gave the office there a complete list of the men who had been shipped on the COWLE through this office.
      "It is quite likely that the six men shipped last week were aboard, as they would remain on the boat for the round trip anyway. Any of the men shipped through the Buffalo office may have left the boat at some upper lake port, and may not have been aboard when the COWLE went down."
      Edward Morin shipped on board the COWLE giving his address as 250 Plymouth Avenue, this city. His sister, Mrs. Fenner, who lives at the address he gave, stated that she had not the slightest idea of his whereabouts. She had not seen him in several months, she said, but he formerly lived at her home on Plymouth Avenue.
      Cleveland, July 13. -- Joseph Woodham, a deckhand on the steamer COWLE, who was saved, hails from Buffalo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 13, 1909
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      H. Sinclair representing the marine interests, and G. W. Cottrell of Cleveland, representing the owners of the steamship SCOTT, are at the Soo, investigating the accident. The SCOTT, which collided with the COWLE, has about 25 damaged plates. Repairs, which will cost $15,000 to $25,000, will be made at Superior.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 15, 1909
Steam screw ISAAC M. SCOTT. U. S. No. 206485. Of 6,372 tons gross; 4,840 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1909. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 504.0 x 54.0 x 30.0 Freight service. Crew of 20. Of 1,760 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913

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    Latitude: 44.87555 Longitude: -87.20593
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Isaac M. Scott (Propeller), U206485, collision, 12 Jul 1909