BLUE BELL (1844, Schooner)


Year of Build:
1844
Official Number:
2235
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Huron, OH
Vessel Type:
Schooner
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Eli Bates
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
2
Dimensions
Tonnage (old style):
150.16
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sheboygan, WI.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
4 Sep 1887
How:
Wrecked.
Final Cargo:
Cedar posts.
Notes:
Bound Wilt's (Willis) Bay, MI-Milwaukee, WI, waterlogged & missed harbor entrance, driven ashore & broken up; crew rescued, cargo salvaged. 1894 Remains removed by dredging.
History

1844, Aug Enrolled Sandusky, OH.

1844-50 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; used in Toledo & Buffalo grain trade.

1845, Nov Ashore near Point Abino, Lake Erie.

1848, Nov Damaged in gale, flour cargo salvaged.

1850, Nov Sold at Public Auction due to mortgage default; was owned by Walbridge & Blossom et al, Buffalo.

1851 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1854 Registered Chicago Customs District.

1855, Dec Ashore White Lake, 3/5 lost.

1858, Apr 22 Ashore White Lake, lumber cargo; lost both masts.

1858, Jul Capsized near Racine, WI, 1 lost.

1860 Owned J.M. Dalton, Chicago, IL.

1861 Large repairs.

1863 Owned E. McDonald, Chicago.

1866 Readmeasured 118.77 gross tons.

1866-68 Enrolled Grand Haven, MI; US2235

1868, Oct 5/6 Stranded Grand Haven, MI.

1868, Nov Ashore Manistee, MI.

1869 Rebuilt Manitowoc, WI as scow schooner, US2933; 83 x 25 x 7'; 122.34 gross / 116.25 net tons; owned Edwards, Manitowoc.

1871, Jun General repair & new bottom.

1878 Repaired.

1887, Sep 4 Wrecked.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Great Lakes Register
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
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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BLUE BELL (1844, Schooner)