BLANCHARD, B.W. (1870, Package Freighter)


Year of Build:
1870
Official Number:
2806
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Note: "Arch-braced", 2 stacks.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Quayle & Martin
Master Carpenter:
John Martin
Original Owner and Location:
Union Steamboat Co., Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Steeple Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
24 & 54 x 36", 400hp @ 75rpm engine, Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY, 1870.
Dimensions
Length:
212.3'
Beam:
32.4'
Depth:
12.2'
Tonnage (gross):
1173.01
Capacity:
1250 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
North Point Reef above Alpena, MI.
Thunder Bay, Lake Huron.

Date:
28 Nov 1904
How:
Stranded & wrecked.
Final Cargo:
700,000' lumber.
Notes:
Bound Cheboygan - Detroit with tow barges J.T. JOHNSON & JOHN KELDERHOUSE; stranded on reef & broke up in gale. Crew rescued; boiler & some lumber salvaged. 1904, Dec 31 Documents surrendered, Detroit.
History

1870, Jul 19 Launched; $90,000.

1870 - 86 Ran package freight between Chicago, IL - Milwaukee, WI -Buffalo, NY; often towed barges G.S. HAZARD or F.A. GEORGER.

1873, Apr 14 1142.79 gross tons.

1873, May 8 Collided with & sank steamer ARIZONIA, St. Clair Flats.

1878, Oct Collided with scow MARY GARRETT.

1879 Rebuilt.

1880 9'4" x 16', 66# firebox boiler, by Detroit Locomotive Works.

1884, Oct Damaged by fire, Milwaukee.

1885, Jun 29 Damaged by fire & sank at Milwaukee.

1885, Nov Chartered by Lake Superior Transit Line.

1886, Apr 5 1023.67 net tons.

1886, Nov 13 Owned Aaron A. Parker, Detroit, MI et al., Detroit Transportation Co.

1887, Jun Boiler damaged, repairs in Detroit.

1887, Jun 10 Stranded off South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan.

c1887 Chartered by Vermont Central Line for flour trade.

1887 Owned A.A. Parker et al, Detroit.

1888, Mar 23 Owned Buffalo & Duluth Transportation Co., Detroit.

1890, Sep 13 Ran aground leaving Superior, WI.

1891 Chartered by Lake Superior Transit Line; towed M.E. TREMBLE.

1892 - 95 Chartered by Clover Leaf Steamboat Line to run Toledo, OH - Buffalo, NY.

1897 Rebuilt with steel arches.

1902, Feb 12 Owned CHarles W. Kotcher, Erin, MI & Charles W. Restrick, Detroit (Kotcher Lumber Co).

1902, Mar 31 Rebuilt as steambarge (lumber carrier), Chicago, IL; 1 deck, 2 masts, 1 stack & 1 boiler removed; 221 x 32.4 x 11.8; 919.62 gross / 526.95 net tons.

1904, Nov 28 Wrecked.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Great Lakes Register
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
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

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BLANCHARD, B.W. (1870, Package Freighter)