TOPEKA (1889, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1889
Official Number:
145510
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Milwaukee, WI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Diagonal steel straps on frames; wooden hold-beams; steam pumps & reinforced bar; similar to PUEBLO, DENVER, & OMAHA; first hydraulic steering gear employed on the Lakes.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Milwaukee Shipyard Co.
Original Owner and Location:
J.B. Merrill et al, Milwaukee, WI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
24 & 44 x 42" engine; 755hp; 82rpm; S.F. Hodge & Co., Detroit, MI, 1889; firebox boilers; 8 1/2 x 15'; 110#; R. Davis, Milwaukee, WI, 1889; iron-lined boiler house.
Dimensions
Length:
228.3'
Beam:
26'
Depth:
19.2'
Tonnage (gross):
1376
Tonnage (net):
1111
Capacity:
2100 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sandwich, ONT., Detroit River.
Date:
15 Aug 1916
How:
Collision.
Final Cargo:
Coal.
Notes:
Collided with steamer CHRISTOPHER, sank; cargo salvaged by Trotter & Co., Amherstburg, ONT; wreck removed by dynamite Dec 26, 1916.
History

Used in grain, coal & ore trade in early years.

1894 Owned R.P. Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, WI.

1898 Bottom recaulked.

1899 Owned W.E. Fitzgerald, Milwaukee.

1901 Owned Lake Shore Stone Co; new decking; recaulked & rebuilt.

1904 Capacity 2000 tons.

1906 Made a self-unloader by Leatham & Smith Dry Dock Co. at Saginaw Bay, MI; used for stone & coal trade.

1916, Aug 15 Sank.

1916, Dec 26 Wreck removed by dynamite.

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

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TOPEKA (1889, Bulk Freighter)