The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ira H. Owen (Propeller), U100410, fire, 4 Dec 1903

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Sturgeon Bay, Dec. 5. -- The steamer IRA H. OWEN was towed asll ablaze into Sturgeon bay Canal, where the fire was extinguished by the crew with the help of the light house tender HYACINTH, the steamer GEO. BURNHAM, and the car ferry ANN ARBOR No. 1.
The IRA H. OWEN was enroute from Manitowoc to Buffalo with grain and had just left Manitowoc when the fire started in the boiler room. The men fought the fire for some time unsuccessfully and were trying to beach the steamer. The crew finally gave up and were in the boats ready to leave the vessel when they heard the whistle of the ANN ARBOR No. 1 in response to the diastress whistles which their steamer had been sounding. After a conference it was decided to try to make Sturgeon Bay. The two boats were lashed together and both crews fought the fire while enroute to Sturgeon Bay Canal. Later the GEORGE BURNHAM and HYACINTH answered their distress signals and took up positions on either side of the IRA H. OWEN and fought the fire while the ANN ARBOR No. 1, ?? --????--- ??? --. (poor copy )
The after cabins of the steamer are totally destroyed. The loss on cargo and boat amounts to about $100,000. The IRA H. OWEN is a wooden boat measuring 256 x 38 and belonging to the Corrigan fleet of Cleveland.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      December 6, 1903

Sturgeon Bay, Dec. 6, -- After working all night on the IRA H. OWEN the crew of the three steamers finally extinguished the fire. A hole burned in the side of the steamer allowed her to sink in 20 feet of water.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      December 7, 1903

      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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William R. McNeil
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Ira H. Owen (Propeller), U100410, fire, 4 Dec 1903