BIRCKHEAD, P. H. (1870, Steambarge)


Year of Build:
1870
Official Number:
20400
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Marine City, MI
Vessel Type:
Steambarge
Note: 1 mast, center arch.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
David Lester
Original Owner and Location:
David Lester, et al, Marine City, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
Twin engines driving single shaft 22 1/2" x 40", J.B. Woods, Detroit, 1869. 82" x 14 1/2' boilers, John Brennan, Detroit. 2 steamfire pumps.
Dimensions
Length:
156.8'
Beam:
27.9'
Depth:
13.4'
Tonnage (gross):
378
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Alpena, MI.
Lake Huron.
Date:
30 Sep 1905
How:
Burned & sank.
Notes:
May have been removed. Wreck sold March 26, 1907.
History

1870, Jul 29 Owned Toledo & Saginaw Transportation Company, Toledo, OH.

1870, Sep 1 Pulling tow of 10 vessels, a mile long.

1872 Improvments to machinery.

1873-1874 Rebuilt Chicago, with 2 decks, 156.8 x 27.9 x 13.4; 568.86 gross tons.

1883 Engines overhauled Marine City, MI; made fore & aft, 22 l/2 & 40 x 24", 390hp. Iron arches added, new 40' x 51" stack, 2 new boilers by Love & Schofield of Port Huron.

1887 Large Repairs.

1888 Owned Fredrick Louden & Jacob Swartz, East Saginaw, MI.

1889 New scotch boiler 11' x 13', from Wickes Brothers, Saginaw.

1895 May 4 Owned William F. Warren, et al, Tonawanda, NY. Rebuilt with 1 deck, 2 masts, 156.8 x 27.9 x 13.4; 540.34 gross tons /360.64 net tons.

1903 Aug 11 Owned James O'Connor, Tonawanda, NY.

1904 Rebuilt with one deck, 2 masts, 156.8' x 27.9' x 11.8'; 495 gross tons, 222 net tons.

1905, Sep 30 Burned & sank.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes News
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Loudon G. Wilson
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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BIRCKHEAD, P. H. (1870, Steambarge)