Davenport, IA Steamer RAVENNA Wreck, Jun 1902
The Ravenna is owned by Bronson & Folsom of Stillwater, and was towing for the East Muscatine Lumber company. It passed this port north shortly after 3 o'clock and the storm struck it at 4:11, as indicated by the watch of one of the crew which stopped at that hour. The cyclone struck the steamer without warning and it keeled over to starboard.
Captain Dies at Post.
The crew were thrown into the water, but some of them managed to crawl up on the bottom of the upturned steamer. Capt. HOY was at the wheel when the boat went over, with all the windows in the pilothouse closed, and was caught as in a trap.
Clerk TRASK was in his office and likewise had no chance to save himself. Capt. HOY'S son was asleep in a stateroom, and, awakened by the overturning of the boat, kicked open a skylight and escaped.
The men, huddled together on the overturned hull and clinging to the slippery sides for their lives, peered eagerly through the rain for a boat of some sort to save them.
Long Wait for a Rescuer.
After nearly an hour of anxious waiting they sighted the steamer Teal coming down on its daily trip from Potosi. Coats, hats, handkerchiefs and everything available were waved at it, but still the packet continued on its way. Finally, Capt. Specht of the Teal sighted the unfortunates and turned his craft toward them. The course against the shifting wind was a hard one to make, but he succeeded in coming alongside and making fast long enough for the perched on the hull of the overturned steamer to climb on the deck of his boat. In the choppy sea the Teal then proceeded to Eagle Point, where the rescued men were landed.
Three men were picked up from the Iowa shore by a gasoline launch and three others from the Wisconsin shore.
These men, unable to see the boat, reached land by swimming across the river.
Davenport Daily Republican Iowa 1902-06-14