Huron Islands, MI (Lake Superior) Steamers IOSCO and OLIVE JEANNETTE Lost, Sep 1905

IOSCO.jpg OLIVE JEANETTE.jpg

BOTH SHIPS WENT DOWN.

STEAMER IOSCO AND SCHOONER OLIVE JEANETTE FOUNDER.

TWENTY-SIX SAILORS PERISH IN TERRIBLE SEAS -- LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER SAW ONE SHIP SINK.

Pequaming, 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 be the wreckage through which the tug D. L. Hebard passed Tuesday is well founded.
Life preservers marked "Iosco" and much other wreckage were found near Huron Island. The stem of a schooner had been thrown up on 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 Iosco and the schooner Olive Jeannette, which the Iosco had in tow, foundered in the vicinity where the wreckage had been sighted. It is certain that the Olive Jeanette is lost.
The lighthouse 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 schooner when first sighted had jib and foresail set, and was nearly waterlogged. Not long afterward the ship went down. The lighthouse keeper had no means of rendering assistance in the tremendous sea running.
The three days which have elapsed since the Olive Jeannette foundered would have brought news from the Iosco were that boat still afloat, but the owners at Cleveland last night gave up hope.
The Iosco carried a crew of nineteen men. The Olive Jeannette carried a crew of seven men.
The Iosco and Jeannette, laden with iron ore, left Duluth at noon last Thursday bound for Lake Erie.
They were caught by the storm when half way down Lake Superior, and must have been driven back with the hope of finding shelter among the islands east of Keweenaw peninsula.
The Iosco was commanded by Captain NELSON GONYAW.

Daily News Marshall Michigan 1905-09-06

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Crew list of the Olive Jeanette

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VESSEL NAME: Olive Jeanette
OTHER NAMES(s): -
OFFICIAL NO: 155181
DATE OF LOSS: September 3, 1905
CAUSE OF LOSS: Storm
LOCATION: Lake Superior, somewhere off Huron Island
RIG TYPE: Schooner-barge
HULL TYPE: Wooden
BUILDER: F. W. Wheeler, West Bay City, MI - 1890
OWNER(S): W. A. Hawgood & Co.
MASTER: Capt. Frank McGreevy
TONNAGE: 1,271 gt
DIMENSIONS: 242 x 39 x 16
CASUALTIES: 7 (all)

NEWS: Buffalo Evening News, September 6, 1905
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 wich 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.
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The Buffalo Express, Friday Morning, September 8, 1905

CAPTAIN M'GREEVEY'S BODY
Master of the Olive Jeanette, drowned
in Lake Superior, is wash-
ed ashore
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A sailor who worked on the lost
schooner Olive Jeanette has identified
the body washed ashore and now at
L'Anse, on Lake Superior, as that of
Captain McGreevy of Buffalo, master of
the Olive Jeanette. The sailor has gone
to Huron Bay to identify bodies there.
Six bodies, one of a woman, have been
washed ashore at Huron Mountain, near
Pine river. Three of the bodies wear
life preservers marked Iosco. One of
the bodies evidently is that of George
Brown, second engineer of the Iosco.
The woman's body is known to be that
of Mrs. W. B. Barnes, wife of the stew-
ard of the Iosco.
The Iosco had the Olive Jeanette in
tow. The number of drowned in the
storm is now said to be 40.
Captain McGreevy lived at No. 240
West Utica street and is survived by
a family.
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NOTES: The Olive Jeanette was being towed by steamer Iosco when hit
by a Lake Superior storm. The pair were sighted by the steamer William
A. Paine on Saturday, September 2, downbound off Stannard Rock Light.
The keeper of the Huron Island light reported having seen a tow-barge
about 4 miles N.E. of the island at 4:30 p.m. on September 2nd with
her distress signals up.

On October 5, 1898, the L. R. Doty vanished in a Lake Michigan storm
while towing the Olive Jeanette. The wreck of the L.R. Doty remained
"missing" until 2010 when it was discovered in 300 ft of water off Oak
Creek, WI.

The 1900 Federal Census of Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y., 25th Ward includes
Frank McGreevy, age 46, Lake Captain, his wife, Margaret, age 45, and
two children; daughter, Frances, age 24 and son, Oswald, age 18. The
census was enumerated on June 6th, 1900 and the family is residing at
2910 Main street.

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Sources: "Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes", Dana Thomas Bowen, 1952
"Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Survivals", William Ratigan
Buffalo Evening News, September 6, 1905
The Buffalo Express, September 8, 1905
1900 Federal Census, 25th Ward, Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y.
Blue Book of American Shipping, 1897

Last Update: 9 March 2016

Was doing some research on

Was doing some research on this and did find a notation for one woman, that of the wife of the ship's steward who accompanied the crew on the 1905 sailing. Name was not that of Frankie Waters aka Frances Browne. Will dig into thus deeper.

Watched a documentary about

Watched a documentary about the L.R. Doty and the Olive Jeanette on National Geographic channel which brought me to looking into the Iosco. Most of the historical record about the sinking of the L.R. Doty was given by the Olive Jeanette's cook, Frankie Waters. She was well known around the Great Lakes at the time as one of the only female to consistently crew on the lakes. Many stories and the documentary say she was still cook on the Olive Jeanette when it went down while being towed by the Iosco. However I can find no crew list of the Olive Jeanette that documents her being aboard at that time. Seven lives lost and none of the names are hers or any woman for that matter. Any one have some light to shed on this?