PLANET (1855, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1855
Official Number:
54228
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport, MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
James Bushnell
Original Owner and Location:
Eber Ward, Detroit, Michigan
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
Propulsion Notes:
60" x 10' stroke, 150hp engine, built by Macklem Works, Chippewa, Ontario
Dimensions
Length:
257.1'
Beam:
32.1'
Depth:
12.1'
Tonnage (old style):
1153.89
Capacity:
500 passengers
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan
Date:
7 Nov 1872
How:
Storm
Final Cargo:
Lumber
Notes:
Foundered in shallows, broke up Reported loss of 7 lives
History

1855, May 14 Launched at Newport, Michigan; built to run Detroit to

Sault Saint Marie, Michigan

1856 Owned Solomon Gardiner, Chicago, Illinois; ran Chicago to

Collingwood, Ontario

1857 Owned Walter S. Gurnee, Chicago; ran Chicago & Milwaukee,

Wisconsin

1861 Owned Orrin W. Potter, Chicago, on Detroit - Lake Superior route;

re-engined, with a vertical beam 62 x 120" stroke, from Detroit

Locomotive Works, Detroit

1862 Ran Chicago - Lake Superior

1865 Owned Goodrich Transportation Company, Chicago; readmeasured

780.60 gross tons

1866, June 25 Engine broke down while on Lake Michigan, towed to

Manitowoc, Wisconsin; engine & cabins put into new

steamer NORTHWEST; made into a lumber barge,

readmeasured 712.08 gross tons, sold to Pestigo Lumber

Company, Peshtigo, Wisconsin

1874, June 30 Documents surrendered, "vessel total wreck"

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

PLANET (1855, Steamer)
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PLANET (1855, Steamer)