John M. Osborne

The Osborne was discovered in 1984 in 170' (55m) of water about 6 miles WNW of Whitefish Pt. Although a tech dive, it is also one of the best dives in the Whitefish area. The ship is in very good state of preservation and is another great example of a wooden freighter of the 1880's era. The bow with the anchors is a highlight of the dive. Although the pilot house and cabins are gone the stem and deck are intact. The kedge style anchors still rest on deck where they were stowed. Much of the stern is collapsed. The stern cabins are gone apparently wiped out by the boiler's path as it slide across the deck as the ship sank. The engine is intact and is an unusual design from this early era. The coal bunker can be penetrated and is very interesting and still filled with coal. There is usually a mooring line attached to the wreck to a deck winch.

Other Names:none also spelled OSBORN
Official Number:76307
Vessel Built:1882, Morley & Hill, Marine City
Vessel Specifications:178 ft., 891g 711n
Type of Vessel:Wooden Bulk Freighter
Depth to Deck:160 ft (49m)
Depth to Bottom:180 ft (55m)
How it Sunk: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.
Loss Type:Collision
Date of Loss:1884, Jul 27
Place of Loss:6 mi NNW of Whitefish Point
Vessel Cargo:Iron Ore
Lives Loss:4 or 5*
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze, Superior Trips Scuba Charters
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