ACME (1856, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1856
Official Number:
297
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
George Hardison
Original Owner and Location:
Charles Hitchcock, Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
S. Shepard & Co. 40 x 40" engine, 9 x 20 boiler.
Dimensions
Length:
190' 10"
Beam:
33' 3"
Depth:
12' 9"
Tonnage (old style):
762 54/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
9 miles off Dunkirk, NY, Lake Erie.
Date:
4 Nov 1867
Final Depth:
130
How:
Foundered in gale.
Final Cargo:
Flour, beef, pork.
Notes:
Rolling in heavy seas, machinery disabled, causing vessel to fill and sink. Crew all saved, wreck found in 1980s.
History

1856, Jun 13 Enrolled at Buffalo.

1857, Jul 18 Aground at Pt. Pelee, Lake Erie, released Jul 15.

1857, Sep 12 Lost a man overboard, Grand Traverse Bay, MI, Lake Michigan.

1857, Nov Grounded off Pt. Colborne, Lake Erie, Lost anchors & smokestack.

1858, Apr Owner Lucius Pratt, Buffalo.

1859, Aug 10 Owner Pascal P. Pratt, Buffalo.

1859, Sep 19 Owners John B. Griffin et al, Buffalo, NY.

1859, Nov Struck bottom at Milwaukee pier, WI, Lake Michigan; rudder damaged.

1860, Jun 7 Owner Charles Ensign, Buffalo, NY.

1863, Jan 22 Rebuilding at Mason & Bidwell Shipyard, Buffalo, NY.

1863, Nov Sprung leak on Lake Michigan with cargo flour & wheat.

1864, Apr 8 Owners Western Transportation Co., Buffalo; Buffalo & Toledo Line and Buffalo and Chicago.

1865, Apr Operated by Western Transportation Co.

1865, May 3 Remeasured 192 x 34 x 10.9 feet, 921.10 gross tons.

1867, Jun Collided with steambarge GEORGE W. BISSELL off Clay Banks, Lake Erie. Both damaged.

1867, Nov 4 Sunk, Lake Erie.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Jack Messmer
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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