UNCLE BEN (1856, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1856
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo, New York
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Dimensions
Length:
95'
Beam:
20.5'
Depth:
9'
Tonnage (old style):
155.36
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Cape Hatteras, Atlantic Ocean
Date:
  1865
How:
Lost
History

1856 Enrolled Buffalo, New York

1857, November 19 Owned L.W. Mixer, Detroit, Michigan; caught in gale

& shipping water, bound Port Huron, Michigan from

Goderich, Ontario, beached at Kettle Point, Ontario

& left for winter

1858, July Repaired & returned to service

1859 Sold to New York City parties

1861 Seized by Confederates at Wilmington, Delaware while carrying

supplies to Fort Sumpter

1862 Dismantled at Wilmington, engine removed, put into iron-clad

NORTH CAROLINA; October re-rigged as schooner, renamed

RETRIBUTION; December, armed & served in Virgin Islands, where

she captured several American schooners

1863 Condemned at Nassau & sold at auction June 22; reconditioned &

renamed ETTA, sailed in cargo trade until seized at Newark in

September

1865 Lost off Cape Hatteras, 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

UNCLE BEN (1856, Tug (Towboat))
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UNCLE BEN (1856, Tug (Towboat))