CLARA (1860, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1860
Official Number:
5220
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Note: Later converted to passenger & freight (1862).
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Master Carpenter:
J. Stupinsky
Original Owner and Location:
McAlpine & Campbell, Detroit, MI
Ownership Notes:
1867 Alexander Enghlish et al.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
18" x 18' engine built by J.B. Wilson of Detroit; Designed by Hon. Mark Hopkins. 5" 5" Philadelpia screw wheel.
Dimensions
Length:
71'
Beam:
18'
Depth:
6.5'
Tonnage (old style):
77 37/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
St. Clair, MI.
St. Clair River.

Date:
  1894
How:
Dismantled & abandoned.
Notes:
Hull in boneyard at St. Clair, MI.
History

1860 Leaving Belle Isle, collided with steamer OLIVE BRANCH.

1860, Jun 22 Ferry service, Port Huron - Sarnia.

1861, Aug Sunk in collision with propeller BUFFALO; raised & repaired, Detroit.

1861 - 62 Given more cabins; ran Detroit - Malden; owned W.P. Campbell, Detroit; 59 gross tons.

1871 Owned Campbell & Mills, East Saginaw, MI.

1876 Damaged by fire - new deck from stem to stern.

1879 Owned W.P. Campbell, Detroit, MI.

1879, Feb Sunk at dock, Windsor, ONT, by ice in river; raised & repaired.

1880 Given new cabin - entered excursion service at Bay City, MI.

1882, Mar 6 Sank in Saginaw Bay, owned H. Blanchard, Detroit.

1882, Mar 14 Raised & repaired at Dunford & Alverson Dry Dock, Port Huron.

1884 Owned C. McElroy, St. Clair, MI.

1886 Burned; was rebuilt at St. Clair.

1892 Owned Henry S. Dale, St. Clair.

1894 Ferrying between St. Clair - Courtright, ONT; condemned.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
C. Patrick Labadie
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Milwaukee Public Library
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Loudon G. Wilson
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

CLARA (1860, Tug (Towboat))
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CLARA (1860, Tug (Towboat))