INDIANA (1848, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1848
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Vermillion, OH
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Passenger propeller; round stern.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
F.M. Keating
Master Carpenter:
Burton S. Goodsell(?)
Original Owner and Location:
Ahira Cobb, et al, Birmingham, OH.
Ownership Notes:
Alva Bradley, Erie County, OH; Virgil Squire, Erie County; Theodore A. Chapman, Erie County; M.S. Hawley, Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
1
Dimensions
Length:
144.5'
Beam:
23'
Depth:
10' 10"
Tonnage (old style):
349 34/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Near Crisp Point, MI.
Lake Superior.
Date:
6 Jun 1858
Final Depth:
118'
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
Iron ore.
Notes:
Reported first cargo of Lake Superior iron ore ever lost; downbound, blew propeller seal, split sternpost, filled & foundered, no lives lost; machinery & gear recovered 1978 - 83, now in Smithsonian; reportedly oldest marine engine existing built in North America.
History

1848, May 13 First enrolled Sandusky, OH; operated by New York & Erie Railroad Line; ran Buffalo & Dunkirk, NY to upper Lake Erie ports.

1850 - 51 Wintered Buffalo.

1851, Apr 24 Collided with schooner CAMBRIA, Lake Erie; repaired.

1852, Mar 20 Owned L.H. Pratt et al, Buffalo.

1853, Nov 11 Owned Samuel F. Pratt, Buffalo.

1854, Apr 12 Owned W.A. Fox et al, Buffalo.

1854, Apr 26 Against pier, Cleveland, OH, badly damaged; repaired.

1854, Oct 28 On rocks, St. Mary's River; released.

1855, May 5 Owned F. Perew, Buffalo.

1856, May Ran Cleveland & Buffalo.

1856, Sep 27 Ashore Pt. Abino, ONT; released.

1857, Oct Struck west pier while entering Cleveland.

1857, Winter Rebuilt.

1858, Spring Operated by People's Line, Cleveland.

1858, Jun 6 Foundered.

1975 Wreck located by John Steele, Waukegan, IL.

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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INDIANA (1848, Propeller)