FOUNTAIN CITY (1857, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1857
Official Number:
9680
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: 1 stack, plain head & round stern, 12' propeller, 100 cabins; Philadelphia patterned propeller, 10 1/2', 19 1/2' lead.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Peck & Masters
Master Carpenter:
Peck & Masters
Original Owner and Location:
John Ball, Cleveland, OH.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
32 x 42" engine by Blish & Garlick or Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Co., Cleveland, OH. Return-flue boiler by Thomas McGory, Cleveland.
Dimensions
Length:
209.86'
Beam:
30.2'
Depth:
13.46'
Tonnage (old style):
820 41/95
Capacity:
700 barrels flour
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sturgeon Bay.
Lake Michigan.
How:
Abandoned.
Notes:
Abandoned & laid in boneyard east of Bay after several attempts to raise & rebuild her.
History

1857, Jan 29 First enrolled Cleveland, OH.

1857, Oct Ashore Bois Blanc Island, MI.

1858, Apr 6 Owned Elihee M. Peck & Irvine U. Masters, Cleveland.

1860, Mar Operated between Cleveland - Detroit - Lake Superior.

1860, May 18 Ran into McKnights warehouse, Sault St. Marie.

1860, May 28 Struck sidewheel ferry ISLANDER at Sarnia, ONT.

1860, Jun 8 Rescued passengers of grounded steamer ARCTIC on one of Huron Islands.

1861, Mar Ran Buffalo - Cleveland - Chicago line.

1861, May 22 Collided with J.O.IVES in Detroit River, MI.

1861, Sep 12 Owned Sheldon Pease et al, Cleveland.

1862, Sep 16 Owned Dean Richmond et al, Batavia, NY.

1864 Chartered New York Central Line.

1865, Jun 10 Collision with brig C.P. WILLIAMS in fog.

1865 Rebuilt; 969 gross tons.

1865, Sep 11 Readmeasured, 2 decks & no mast, 210 x 30.4 x 12'; 969.48 gross tons.

1866, May 29 Rebuilt & refurnished at Buffalo, NY; stateroom with bridal chamber.

1870, Apr 20 Owned Western Transportation Co., Tonawanda, NY; 2 decks & 1 mast.

1871, Mar Ran Buffalo - Chicago line.

1872, Oct 2 Rudder disabled & arrived South Manitou, Lake Michigan with difficulty for repairs.

1873, Mar 15 Refitted & hull improvement.

1874, Mar 21 Same owner as in 1870, Buffalo.

1878, Apr 19 Received new ceiling, flooring, keelson, arches, deck frames, decks, bulwharks, bow & cabin.

1878, Apr Operated as passenger boat running between Chicago, IL & Buffalo.

1884, Apr Operated Duluth, MN & Buffalo line.

1884, May 12 805.11 net tons.

1885 210 x 30.4 x 12'; 969.48 gross / 805.11 net tons.

1885, Mar Chartered Lake Superior Transportation Co.

1887, May Operated between Detroit & Portage Lake.

1887, May 16 Collided with tug SAMSON.

1888, Sep Porpeller wheel came loose on shaft; repaired.

1890, May 15 Broke an iron strap on engine; repaired.

1891, May 9 Ran as a freight boat.

1891, Dec 3 Owned Milwaukee & Eastern Transit Co., Milwaukee, WI; later converted to bulk feighter.

1891, Dec 9 Reported missing on Lake Michigan, off St. Joseph, MI.

1892 Operated between St. Joseph & Milwaukee with CITY OF FREMONT.

1893 Operated between Chicago & Milwaukee with CITY OF FREMONT.

1893, Nov 29 Owned George Tebo & George C. Finney, Chicago.

1894, Aug 12 Sprung leak at Chicago; repaired.

1894, Oct Laid up for the season.

1895 Rebuilt, Chicago; 1 deck, 1 mast, 210 x 30 x 11.8'; 630.12 gross / 510.88 net tons; Charles Graves, master builder.

1895, Apr 19 Owned Leathem et al, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

1895, Fall Laid up in Sturgeon Bay for winter.

1896, May 5 Burned Sturgeon Bay.

1896, May 16 Documents surrendered, Chicago.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Door County Historical Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Ed Middleton
Milwaukee Public Library
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Kenneth Thro
Peter J. VanderLinden
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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