RESCUE (1855, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1855
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner:
Henry & Isaac Walker, Buffalo & B.S. Shepard, Chicago.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
# Cylinders:
2
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
Original engines from Sheppard Iron Works, Buffalo; later noted as 2 oscillating engines, may not be original.
Dimensions
Length:
123.5'
Beam:
28'
Depth:
10'
Tonnage (old style):
285 29/95
History

1855 Enrolled Buffalo.

1855-57 Owned Lake Navigation Co., Buffalo; used in salvage.

1858 Sold Canadian when Lake Navigation went into receivership; C33528; owned Capt. James Dick et al, Toronto, ONT of Northwest Trading & Colonization Co; converted to passenger & freight; started mail service between Collingwood & Fort William, ONT.

1863 Ran on rocks Shebewaning; large repairs; new boilers.

1864 Owned Cook & Brothers, Montreal, QUE.

1866 Chartered to Canadian government; armed as gunboat with 19# & 11216 Armstrong gun for use against Finian invasion; possibly purchased by government.

1871 Worked on Pacific Railway survey in Lake Superior; hauled workers & supplies from lower lakes.

1872, Jun Rebuilt St. Catherines from waterline up; accomodations for 4 officers & 40 crew; rigged for auxiliary sail; 2 - 24# & 2 - 14# guns; plated with 1/2 iron; to serve in Welland Canal & Lake Ontario.

1874 Sold & registered to St. Lawrence Steam Navigation Co., Montreal.

1877 Same owner; may have been dismantled.

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

RESCUE (1855, Tug (Towboat))
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RESCUE (1855, Tug (Towboat))