ERIN (1881, Steambarge)


Year of Build:
1881
Official Number:
83142
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
St. Catharines, ONT
Vessel Type:
Steambarge
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1 1/2
Builder Name:
Louis Shickluna
Original Owner and Location:
Thomas & John Conlon, St. Catharines, ONT.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
24" x 30" engine, 75hp, by George N. Oille.
Dimensions
Length:
142'
Beam:
26'
Depth:
12.6'
Tonnage (gross):
392.49
Tonnage (net):
235.33
Final Disposition
Final Location:
St. Clair River 1 mile below Courtwright.
Lake St. Clair.
Date:
31 May 1906
How:
Sunk in collision.
Final Cargo:
Coal.
Notes:
Collision with JOHN B. COWLE; 5 lives lost; later dynamited to clear the channel. 1907, Jan 19 Registry closed.
History

1881, Aug 18 Registered St. Catharines, ONT.

1882 Ran Toledo, OH with consort MAGGIE.

1884, Dec Wrecked at Gull Rock, Kewenaw Point, Lake Superior; released by tugs A.J. SMITH & GLADIATOR.

1886 Rebuilt at Collingwood, ONT, lengthened 37 feet, added steel arches, 2 decks, 165' x 26' x 20', 650 gross tons.

1887, Jun 11 Collision with schooner ELLEN WILLIAMS, damage to both.

1889 New 10'x 10' scotch boiler, 107 pounds steam.

1890 Ran Midland, ONT - Buffalo, NY with ice.

1893 Steeple compound engine 18", 34" x 30', 350hp, 85rpm.

1896 Rebuilt at Port Dalhousie, Muir Brothers; towed DANFORTH.

1896, May 27 Struck by lightning, broke 2 masts, Lake Erie.

1903, Nov 8 Foundered off Whitefish Point, Lake Superior.

1905, Apr 7 Burned Sandwich, ONT, Detroit River.

1906, May 31 Sunk, Lake St. Clair.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Canadian List of Shipping (M&FLV)
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes Register
John O. Greenwood
C. Patrick Labadie
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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ERIN (1881, Steambarge)