SUNBEAM (1861, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1861
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Manitowoc, WI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Passenger & freight
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
W.W. Bates
Original Owner and Location:
Goodrich Line, Chicago, Illinois
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Dimensions
Length:
169' 1"
Beam:
23' 7"
Depth:
10' 3"
Tonnage (old style):
398.29
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior
Date:
28 Aug 1863
How:
Storm
Final Cargo:
Passengers
Notes:
Foundered in gale, got caught in the trough, went to pieces & sank One survivor, the wheelsman Loss of life between 28 & 34
History

1861, June 10 Launched as VICTOR, built with Whittaker side screws,

these proved to be a failure & were replaced with

conventional sidewheels; renamed & first documented as

SUNBEAM, to run west shore of Lake Michigan

1862 On west shore Lake Michigan route, Chicago, Racine, Kenosha & Two

Rivers

1863 On route Chicago, Grand Haven, Michigan & St.Joseph, Michigan

with trips to Lake Superior

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

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