For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to do “this day in history”. I was coming up empty as I was searching for Maritime or Great Lakes history for today’s date, July 27th, until I found an interesting bit of information on the National Weather Services website.
According to NOAA:
“On July 27, 1884, the steamer, steel, passenger/package freighter Alberta, collided with the steambarge John M. Osborne in a fog 3.5 miles from Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and sank in shallow water near Whitefish Point. A single casualty was lost in attempt to rescue crewmen from the sinking Osborne. She was recovered soon after. This was Alberta�s 1st year. The John M. Osborne, a wood, bulk freight, “steambarge”, while carrying iron ore, was bound Marquette for Ashtabula with two barges in tow, when she collided with the steel passenger steamer Alberta, which stayed in the gash until most of Osborne’s crew had scrambled aboard. The Osborne then sank in 20 fathoms of water 6 miles north northwest of Whitefish Point. The accident happened in fog. This was the Alberta’s third serious collision of the year. *3 or 4 lives lost on Osborne, one from Alberta in a brave rescue attempt.”
You can’t get much more maritime than that!
Stop in the Marquette Maritime Museum today and learn more about Great Lakes maritime history!