PORTSMOUTH (1853, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1853
Official Number:
19619
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Square stern.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Master Carpenter:
Jacob W. Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Amasa Kingman & John G. Camp, Jr., et al, Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
27 X 42", 65 rpm vertical direct-acting engine built by Shepards Works, Buffalo, NY. 12.6' or 13' wheel.
Dimensions
Length:
176' 4"
Beam:
29'
Depth:
10' 10"
Tonnage (old style):
525 57/95
Capacity:
575 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Northeast end of Middle Island near Alpena, Mi, Thunder Bay, Lake Huron.
Date:
15 Nov 1868
How:
Driven ashore & wrecked in storms.
Final Cargo:
Pig iron.
Notes:
Bound Marquette, MI to Buffalo, NY; iron & furniture salvaged.
History

1853, May 14 Launched; chartered to New York & Erie Railroad.

1853, Oct 4 Collided into & sunk by schooner POMONA in Gravelly Bay, Lake Erie.

1855, Mar 2 Owned Amasa Kingman, Buffalo, NY, & Charles Bancroft, Detroit, MI.

1856, Jan 2 Owned Charles Bancroft, Detroit.

1857, Apr 28 Owned Stephen D. Caldwell, Dunkirk, NY.

1860, Mar 17 Owned New York & Erie Railroad Co., NY.

1860, Jun Machinery badly disabled near Cleveland, OH, Lake Erie.

1861 Large repairs, new deck.

1862, Mar 27 Owned Erie Railroad Steamboat Co., NY.

1864 Major repairs.

1865, Apr 13 Readmeasured 182.8 X 27 X 10.3; 674.68 gross tons; US19619.

1866, Jul 3 Owned Frank Williams, Buffalo; converted to bulkfreighter for Lake Superior ore trade.

1868, Aug 11 Documents surrendered.

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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PORTSMOUTH (1853, Propeller)