Iosco And Consort Lost In Autumn ’05 Gale
of severe storms that swept the Great Lakes in the fall of 1905 took a heavy toll of ships and lives. Among the casualties
were the steamer Iosco and its consort, the schooner-barge Olive Jeanette, both sunk off Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Peninsula
on September 2. A total of 26 lives were lost.
a 291-foot-long wooden-hulled steamship commanded by Captain Nelson Gonyaw, was steaming from Duluth with the Olive Jeanette
in tow, both vessels bound for Cleveland with their holds laden with iron ore. It is believed that the storm caught them in
the open waters of Lake Superior and they were running for shelter on the lea of the Keweenaw when they were lost.
will know what happened because there were no survivors. The Iosco carried a crew of 19 and there were another seven aboard
the Olive Jeanette.
of the loss of the two ships was learned after the tug D. L. Hebard passed wreckage that included life preservers marked Iosco
off Huron Island. Also the stem of what remained of a schooner and the body of a sailor were found thrown upon the tip of
the light-keeper on Huron Island reported seeing a large schooner founder about four miles north of the light during the height
of the storm, at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 3. The schooner was fighting the storm alone and there was no sighting
of the Iosco.
the bodies of four men and one woman were found washed ashore at Pine River, near Marquette, Michigan. All were wearing life
jackets with the name Iosco printed on them. As the days passed, wreckage and bodies from both vessels washed up on shore
all the way from Pequaming to Big Bay.
vessels were older wooden-hulled ships built at Bay City. The Iosco was launched in 1891 and the schooner went into service
in 1890. Both were owned by W. A. Hawgood & Company of Cleveland.
Jeanette was among the largest schooners operating on the lakes in its day. She measured 242 feet and sported four masts.