BADGER STATE (1862, Propeller)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Note: Passenger & freight.
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Mason & Bidwell
Master Carpenter:
Charles L. Bidwell
Original Owner and Location:
Charles Ensign & Holt (People's Line), Buffalo, NY
Ownership Notes:
Sister Ship to EMPIRE STATE.
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
# Propellers:
Propulsion Notes:
44 x 42" engine built Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY. 9'x 20', 45# firebox boiler; built Shepard Iron Works, 1862.
210' 4"
32' 4"
13' 3"
Tonnage (old style):
860 92/95
900 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
St. Clair River, near Fawn Island, Canadian side.
6 Dec 1909
Burned in winter quarters.
Final Cargo:
No cargo.
Moored for winter Marine City; caught fire, cut adrift, crossed St. Clair River, grounded on Canadian side, burned to water's edge. 1909, Dec 31 Documents surrendered at Detroit, MI.

1862, Apr 17 Launched.

1864, Apr 9 Owned Western Transportation Co., NY; ran Buffalo-Lake Michigan west shore ports.

1864, June 6 Engine broke down, towed to Detroit, given steeple compound engine 25 1/4 & 54 x 39", 500hp @68rpm, from King Iron Works, Buffalo, NY.

1865, May 1 Readmeasured, 213.1 x 33 x 12.1; 1115.52 gross tons.

1871 Large repairs.

1876 Repaired.

1877 Collided with schooner HELEN BLOOD in fog, Pt. Huron.

1877, Jun Collided with schooner GREENBACK off Belle Isle, Detroit River.

1878, '79, '81 Repairs.

1879-1892 Ran periodically for Lake Superior Transit Co.

1882, Aug 5 Repaired, net tonnage 917.

1884, May 10 Owned Western Transit Co., NY.

1889 Repaired.

1891, Jun Ashore near Erie, PA in fog, heavy seas with passengers & cargo; released, repaired.

1894 Ashore near Buffalo, Lake Erie.

1898, April 11 Owned Northern Transit Co., Rockport, OH; rebuilt.

1898, Sep 12 Stuck on bar Ogdensburg, NY.

1902, Apr 2 Owned Barry Brothers Transportation Co., Chicago IL.

1902 Rebuilt; ran Chicago, IL-Muskegon, MI.

1903 Ran Detroit-Cleveland.

1903, Nov 25 Owned Hugh R. Havey, Detroit, MI.

1904, Apr 25 Owned Hugh R. Havey & Charles W. Kotcher, Detroit; cabins removed, 987 gross/783 net tons.

1905, May 12 Owned Hugh R. Havey, Detroit. Used briefly as floating gambling & pool room; anchored Detroit River near Peche Island on Canadian side.

1905, Aug Cut down to lumber carrier Detroit, 213 x 33 x 11.8; 686 gross/482 net tons.

1905, Sep 30 Owned Henry Nelson Loud, AuSable, MI; ran to Tonawanda in lumber trade.

1906, Jun 2 Tonnage change, 802 gross/494 net tons.

1908, Feb 18 Owned Badger State Transportation Co.

1909 Owned John G. Doyle (Badger State Transportation Co.?)

1909, Dec 6 Burned.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
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
Loudon G. Wilson
Bowling Green State University, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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BADGER STATE (1862, Propeller)