FLORIDA (1889, Package Freighter)


Year of Build:
1889
Official Number:
120753
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Note: Twin stacks, plain head with a round stern.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Robert Mills & Co.
Original Owner and Location:
Peter P. Miller et al (Kelderhouse syndicate), Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
3
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
20, 32 & 52' x 45" engine, 650hp, H.G. Trout, Buffalo, NY, 1889. 11.5' x 12' scotch boiler.
Dimensions
Length:
270.3'
Beam:
40.2'
Depth:
15.4'
Tonnage (gross):
2103.36
Tonnage (net):
1834.65
Capacity:
2,400 tons package or coal
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Thunder Bay, MI.
Lake Huron.
Date:
21 May 1897
Final Depth:
250'
How:
Collision.
Final Cargo:
Four, general merchandise.
Notes:
Collided with steamer GEORGE W. ROBY in dense fog, sank 250' in 12 min. Wreck located in Jul., 1994.
History

1889, May 25 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; cost 135,000.

1889, Oct 12 Released by tugs MYSTIC & SWAIN at Sault St. Marie, MI. after lightening several hundred tons of coal.

1890, Apr 22 Chartered Lackawanna Transportation Co., to run coal & grain trade between Chicago, IL & Buffalo.

1893, Oct Ashore Whiting, IN; raised.

1894, Sep 14 Repaired.

1897, May 21 Sank, Lake Huron.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
C. Patrick Labadie
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Milwaukee Public Library
Newspaper Clippings
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

FLORIDA (1889, Package Freighter)
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FLORIDA (1889, Package Freighter)