AMERICA (1898, Excursion Vessel)


Year of Build:
1898
Official Number:
107367
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Wyandotte, MI
Vessel Type:
Excursion Vessel
Note: Steel hull, wood superstructure, 4 bulkheads, & 1 stack.
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Detroit Dry Dock Co.
Original Owner and Location:
E.C. Dunbar & M.B. McMillan, Michigan City, IN & Detroit, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
Engine 15, 24 & 38x24", 700 hp @ 160 rpm; built Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI. Scotch boilers, 10' x 10.2', 125#.
Dimensions
Length:
164.6'
Beam:
31'
Depth:
11'
Tonnage (gross):
486.37
Tonnage (net):
283.40
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Washington Harbor, Isle Royale.
Lake Superior.
Date:
7 Jun 1928
Final Depth:
3' - 85'
How:
Struck rocks & sank.
Notes:
48 people on board, no lives lost; salvage attempted in 1965.
History

Cost $75,000.

1898, Jun 13 Temporary enrollment Detroit.

1898, June 25 Permanent document issued Chicago; ran Chicago to Michigan City, IN via Calumet, IL; twice daily; exceeds 17 mph; 75 cent fare for round-trip.

1901 Chartered to operate Buffalo to Niagara.

1901-02 Rebuilt Grand Haven; 2nd deck enclosed, several overnight cabins added; 681 gross/478 net tons.

1902 Transferred to Lake Superior.

1902, May 4 Struck concrete pier Duluth Ship Canal damaging bow.

1903, Feb 13 Enrolled Chicago; owned A. Booth & Co., Chicago; operated by "United States & Dominion Transportation Co." (Booth Fisheries); ran Duluth to Pt. Arthur, fare $6.00.

1903, Dec 24 Enrolled Duluth, same owner.

1909, May 29 Owned Booth Fisheries Inc., Deleware; Enrolled Duluth.

1911, Jun 09 Lengthened Duluth, 182.6 x 31 x 11; 937 gross/593 net tons; 2 decks, 2 masts.

1915, Mar 16 Enrolled Duluth.

1927, Mar 22 Enrolled Duluth.

1928, Jun 27 Struck reef & sank.

1928, Sep 06 Documents surrendered.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. Patrick Labadie
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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