CLEVELAND (1837, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1837
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Huron, OH
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: 2 stacks.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Fairbanks or George Church
Original Owner:
Griffith, Beebe, Allen & Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
50" x 10', 225hp low pressure engine, West Point Foundry Co., New York, NY. Wheels 25'.
Dimensions
Length:
180'
Beam:
28' 11"
Depth:
11' 8"
Tonnage (old style):
579
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Tonawanda, NY.
Lake Erie.
Date:
 May 1854
How:
Burned.
Notes:
Had been laid up.
History

First steamer to have whistle instead of bell.

1837, Jun 24 Launched; traded between Cleveland, OH & Buffalo, NY.

1840, May Carried troops to Fort Winnebago, Green Bay.

1840 - 44 Ran excursion trips from Buffalo - Sault Ste. Marie / Mackinaw, MI & Green Bay / Milwaukee, WI.

1841 or 1843 Converted to coal burning with single boiler; first steamer to be fueled by coal.

1841, Jul Machinery damaged off Vermilion, OH; repaired at Cleveland, OH.

1842, Aug 29 Struck a rock.

1843, Apr Overhauled, repaired.

1843, Oct Collided with brig REBECCA near Buffalo.

1844 Owned Henry Sizer & George Tifft et al, Buffalo.

1844, Jul 26 Broke tiller rope causing collision with MADISON at Chicago.

1847, Feb 25 Owned Richard Sears & Griffith et al.

1847, Apr Repaired.

1847, May Foundered off Michigan City, IN; raised.

1847, Jul 28 Owned Orson Shepard & J. Nellis, Ashtabula, OH; ran Detroit, MI - Buffalo.

1847, Aug 20 Collided with unknown schooner in Detroit River.

1847+ Towed vessels up rapids between Buffalo & Tonawanda, NY.

1854, May Burned.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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

CLEVELAND (1837, Steamer)
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CLEVELAND (1837, Steamer)