DETROIT (1845, Propeller)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Fairbanks Church
Master Carpenter:
Matthew Gooding
Built on Bottom of:
Original Owner:
Lawson, Howard & Co.
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
# Propellers:
Propulsion Notes:
Engine by Detroit Iron Co, Detroit, MI. Boiler by John Robison, Detroit.
128' 6"
9' 10"
Tonnage (old style):
293 71/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Point Abino.
Lake Erie.
 Nov 1874
Foundered in gale.
Outbound from Buffalo in tow of steamer NEW YORK. 1879, Jan 14 Documents surrendered.

1845, May 1 Launched.

1845, Jun 19 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1845, Jul 11 Owned Degarmo Jones, Detroit.

1847, Nov 12 Owned Dwight Johnson, New York, NY $20,000.

1848 Ran Buffalo - Toledo, OH.

1848, Apr 25 Rescued crew & righted capsized schooner SCIOTO off Cattaraugus Creek, NY; towed to Buffalo.

1849, Apr 7 Owned Robert Montgomery et al, Buffalo.

1849, Sep Collision with schooner WILLIAM.

1850 Overhauled & reengined.

1850 Ran New Buffalo, MI to Chicago, IL.

1851 Owned T.U. Bradbury et al, Buffalo; brief trade Lake Michigan; Sheboygan, WI, Manitowoc, WI & New Buffalo; returned to Lake Erie.

1853, Apr 2 Owned Charles Lee et al, Buffalo.

1853, Jul 2 Collision with steamer LOUISIANA, 20 miles above Cleveland, OH.

1854, Nov Sprung leak, damaged cargo, Buffalo.

1855, May 7 Owned American Transportation Co., Buffalo.

1856 Used as wrecker to work on hulk sidewheeler ATLANTIC, sunk off Longpoint, Lake Erie.

1856 Large repairs, Cobb & Co., Buffalo.

1856, Apr 11 Lake Erie Line taking passengers & freight.

1856, Jun 16 Owned Henry V. Corbett et al, Conneaut, NY.

1857 Sent to Lake Superior upper lakes trade until 1863.

1857, Feb 25 Ran Erie, PA, Cleveland, Sandusky, OH, Toledo, Detroit.

1857, Mar 12 Owned Wells D. Wallbridge et al, Buffalo.

1857, Apr 4 Owned Samuel Burt to carry Cleveland Iron Co. ore from Marquette, MI to Cleveland.

1857, May 12 Owned James S. Gibbs et al, Buffalo.

1857, Aug 17 Lost wheel on Lake Superior above Waiska Bay; towed by ECLIPSE to Sault for repairs.

1857, Oct Prop shaft broke; repaired Marquette.

1860, Apr 8 Ran Detroit to Alpena, MI.

1860, Sep Ran Detroit to Wallaceburg, ONT.

1860, Sep 28 Repaired Chicago for lumber trade.

1860, Nov 3 Full cargo, anchored Mud Lake for 2 days.

1862 Owned J.T. Whiting & Co., agents, Detroit.

1862, Apr 22 Owned Patrick E. Kean, Detroit.

1862, May 9 Received new arches & engines from M.B SPAULDING.

1860 Owned M.B. Kean, Detroit.

1863 Rebuilt as barge; US35052, 217.96 gross tons; 124 x 23.6 x 9.7'.

1866, Sep 27 Owned R.A. Alger, Detroit.

1867 Typical cargo 247,000' lumber & 25,000 shingles; Saginaw, MI to Toledo.

1868 Enrolled Detroit District; owned Paul Marlott, Wenona.

1870, Oct 19 Waterlogged in Straits & abandoned in storm Oct 16, 1870.

1872, Jul 9 Enrolled Port Huron, MI; owned T. Jerome, Saginaw.

1874, May 15 Foundered Lake Huron.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Newspaper Clippings
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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DETROIT (1845, Propeller)