OSSIFRAGE (1886, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1886
Official Number:
155124
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: One stack, oak hulled
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
F.W. Wheeler
Original Owner and Location:
F.W. Wheeler, et.al., West Bay City, Michigan
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
0
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
22 x 24" engine 7 x 15' boiler
Dimensions
Length:
123' 1"
Beam:
24' 6"
Depth:
10' 2"
Tonnage (gross):
383.58
Tonnage (net):
247.63
Capacity:
600-900 passengers
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Straits of Northumberland, Atlantic Ocean
Date:
28 Sep 1919
How:
Foundered
Notes:
Bound Wallace, Nova Scotia to Souris, Prince Edward Island in tow of tug SIR HENRY HARNESS
History

1886, May 11 Launched; name is Menominee Indian word meaning old squaw

duck; ran Detroit, Bay City, Black River & Alpena

1887, February 17 Reengined Worthington compound engine, ran Cheboygan

to Sault Saint Marie; chartered to Graham & Morton

Transportation Company, ran mid to lower Lake

Michigan

1888, April 28 Owned B.B. Inman, Duluth, Minnesota; ran Duluth to Port

Arthur & Isle Royale

1889, July Owned F.W. Wheeler & Company mortgage defaults

1889, August 8 Owned Darius Cole Transportation Company, excursions to

Thousand Islands

1890, October 8 Owned F.W. Wheeler, Bay City, Michigan

1891, April 29 Owned J.C. Dowd & George Malchus, Cleveland

1891, July 3 Owned F.W. Wheeler, Bay City, Michigan

1892 Rebuilt at Abram Smith yard, Algonac, one mast, lengthened 153 x

29 x 9.2', 432.71 gross/289.35 net tons; 13.5, 23 + 37 x 24",

540hp at 130rpm triple expansion engine by S.F. Hodge & Company,

Detroit (1892); one scotch boiler 12 x 12' at 160 pounds steam by

Wicks Brothers, Saginaw (1892)

1892, April 11 Owned Smith Fee Company, Duluth, Minnesota; ran World's

Fair excursions to Chicago

1895, December 9 Owned George T. Arnold, Mackinac, Michigan; ran

Straits area

1896 Rebuilt, Manistee, Michigan

1900, February 27 Arnold Transit Company

1900 Foundered off Sturgeon Point, Michigan, Lake Huron; recovered

1901 Owned Algoma Central Railroad Company, Sault Saint Marie,

Ontario, C107488; ran Toledo to Detroit & Sault Saint Marie &

Lake Superior

1902 Major rebuild by Polson Iron Works, Owen Sound, Ontario

161.6 x 27.8 x 9', 632 gross /303 net tons

1909, April 7 Owned J.E. Rebstock, Ridgeway, Ontario; ferry service

Buffalo to Crystal Beach, Ontario

1910 Owned William Ball, Chatham, Ontario; converted to full day boat;

operated by Chatham Navigation Company in excursion trade,

Chatham to Detroit

1917 Owned Halifax, Nova Scotia; made a barge

1919, September 28 Foundered, Atlantic Ocean

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

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OSSIFRAGE (1886, Propeller)