OCEAN (1850, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1850
Official Number:
53063
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport (Marine City), MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
J.L. Wolverton
Original Owner and Location:
Eber B. Ward, Detroit
Ownership Notes:
Samuel Ward & S. Gardner, Newport, Michigan
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
0
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
60.5 x 132" engine by T.F. Secor Works, New York City; received engine of CANADA; went to MORNING STAR (1862) 36' wheels, 10.5" buckets 11 x 30' boilers
Dimensions
Length:
245' 4"
Beam:
33' 6"
Depth:
13' 3"
Tonnage (old style):
1052.33
Capacity:
600 passengers
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Near Point aux Berques, Michigan, Lake Huron
Date:
20 Oct 1873
How:
Wrecked
Final Cargo:
Lumber
Notes:
Lost tow of propeller NEPTUNE off Tawas Bay, drifted ashore near Point aux Barques & wrecked
History

1850, June 4 First trip Detroit, Michigan to Buffalo, New York; cost

$100,000; finished at Detroit

1850, June 25 Enrolled Detroit, ran Detroit to Buffalo with MAYFLOWER

& ATLANTIC replacing EMPIRE on North Shore Line

1850, August 6 Collision with schooner ADRIAN on Lake Erie

1850, December Broken rudder

1851, April Ran 200 miles in 11 hours 15 minutes, winning race with

EMPIRE STATE

1852, April Stuck in ice at Erie

1852, July 5 Broken machinery at Buffalo

1852, October Shaft broken off, Long Point

1853, November 18 Laid up, Detroit

1854 Reported to run Lake Michigan but shows Detroit to Buffalo &

Cleveland runs

1854, November 27 Rescued passengers of grounded MAYFLOWER at Point

aux Pelee

1856 Owned Detroit & Cleveland Steamboat Navigation Company; replaced

CLEVELAND in Detroit to Cleveland run with MAY QUEEN & MORNING

STAR

1857 Ran Cleveland & Detroit to Superior City with NORTH STAR

1858, April 2 Refurbished & repaired

1858, April 11 Stranded Point Pelee; pumped out by DART; repaired

Detroit, ran Detroit to Cleveland with MAY QUEEN

1859, September 8 Grounded in fog at Mama Juda; released by U.S.S.

MICHIGAN

1862 Made a sloop rigged lumber barge at Trenton, Michigan for towing

service, 250 x 53 x 13', 900 gross tons; engine went to MORNING

STAR (1862)

1862, November Unrigged; towed by tug WINSLOW carrying 782,000' lumber

1866, October 20 Owned J.S. Ayers, et.al., Port Austin, Michigan;

repaired; unrigged barge 245.5 x 36.4 x 12.8', 1

mast, 578 gross tons

1872, May Dragged onto reef by ice & sunk near Point Abino enroute to

Tonawanda

1872, August Recovered

1873, October 20 Wrecked, Lake Huron

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

OCEAN (1850, Steamer)
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