HOUGHTON, DOUGLASS (1899, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1899
Official Number:
157552
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Channel system; 1 compartment, 3 water tight bulkheads; double bottoms with water ballast system; hatches on 24' centers; 2 large funnels
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
1
Hull Number:
78
Builder Name:
Globe Iron Works
Original Owner and Location:
Bessemer Steam Ship Co., Cleveland, OH.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Quadruple Expansion
# Cylinders:
4
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
26.5, 37, 54.5 + 80 x 42" 2300hp at 85rpm.
Dimensions
Length:
456'
Beam:
50'
Depth:
24.2'
Tonnage (gross):
5332
Tonnage (net):
4034
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Toronto, ONT.
Date:
  1969
How:
Sunk as landfill.
History

1899, Jun 3 Launched Cleveland, OH, duplicate of SAMUEL F.B.MORSE, largest ship on Great Lakes.

1899, Aug 17 Collision with steamer ONOKO, at Ashtabula, Lake Erie.

1899, Sep 5 Grounded Saint Mary's River in tow of JOHN FRITZ, which subsequently rammed her, sinking her, plugging the only channel connecting Lake Superior & Lake Huron for five days & causing largest traffic jam in Great Lakes history, know as Houghton Blockade.

1901 Owned Pittsburg Steamship Co.

1901, Dec 13 Grounded Lake Huron near Lightship at Port Huron, MI.

1905, Apr 30 Damage in collision with tow barge THOMAS in ice filled channel near Whitefish Bay.

1906, Aug 23 Collision with tow barge FRITZ below Bois Blanc Island.

1910 Reboilered with 2 induced draft Scotch boilers, 14' x 11'6" at 210# steam from American Ship Building Co., Cleveland, OH (1910).

1930 Owned Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland.

1945 Owned Canadian C147976.

1960 Owned Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Toronto, ONT.

1969 Owned Toronto Harbor Commission - sunk as landfill for Ontario Place.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
USA
(989)356-6188

HOUGHTON, DOUGLASS (1899, Bulk Freighter)
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HOUGHTON, DOUGLASS (1899, Bulk Freighter)