GEM (1856, Ferry)


Year of Build:
1856
Official Number:
10241
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport (Marine City), MI
Vessel Type:
Ferry
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
John Bushnell
Master Carpenter:
William C. Dixon
Built on Bottom of:
RAFTSMAN (1840)
Original Owner and Location:
William P. Campbell, Detroit
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Propulsion Notes:
25 HP engine
Dimensions
Length:
64'
Beam:
15'
Depth:
5.95'
Tonnage (old style):
50
Final Disposition
Date:
5 Apr 1889
How:
Dismantled & abandoned
History

1856 May 19 Enrolled Detroit, MI, ran Detroit to Grosse Ile & as a

night ferry to Sandwich (Windsor) Ontario.

1859 March Collision with tug FIELD on Detroit River.

1860 Regular Detroit to Windsor ferry

September 14 Return to Detroit from Saginaw to compete with new

ESSEX

1861 Most dependable of Detroit River ferries

1864 Large repairs; readmeasured 67 x 14.6 x 6.4', 41.83 gross tons,

20.92 net tons

1868 US 10241 44.15 tons

1872 Ran St. Clair River; St. Clair to Mooretown & Sarnia, ONT.

1873 June 17 Owned Alex N. Tregent, Detroit, change steamer to tug.

1876 June 14 Owned Daniel Warner Jr., Painesville, Ohio

1878 June 1 Owned D. Warner Jr., L. Farns & A.H. Garfield, Painesville,

Ohio.

1879 Rebuilt as tug; 56 tons

1881 June 10 Owned A.E. Shepard, Ironton, Michigan

July 1 Owned Shepard & R.M. Cherrie, Ironton

December 10 Owned R.M. Cherrie

1883 August 8 Owned Perry Pearson Company, Chicago. S.L. Perry,

President

1886 March 24 Owned Lewis A. Hall, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

1889 April 5 Vessel dismantled & abandoned

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

GEM (1856, Ferry)
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GEM (1856, Ferry)