John M. Osborn
A 180 foot wooden steamer. The Osbourne sunk after being struck by the Alberta. She now rest in 180 feet of water, upright & very intact with many artifacts still on her. Much of the Osbourne's equipment was salvaged for museum's. Excellent penetration opportunities!
|JOHN M. OSBORNE
Other names : none also spelled OSBORN
Official no. : 76307
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight, "steambarge"
Build info : 1882, Morley & Hill, Marine City
Specs : 178 ft., 891g 711n
Date of loss : 1884, Jul 27
Place of loss : 6 mi NNW of Whitefish Point
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 4 or 5*
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Bound Marquette for Ashtabula with two barges in tow, she collided with the steel passenger steamer ALBERTA, which stayed in the gash until most of OSBORNE's crew had scrambled aboard. She then sank in 20 fathoms of water. The accident happened in fog. This was the ALBERTA's third serious collision of the year.
Out of Cleveland.
Wreck was located in 1984, 100 years later.
*3 or 4 lives lost on OSBORNE, one from ALBERTA in brave rescue attempt.
Photos by Bob Epson
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