ORIENTAL (1854, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1854
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Square stern; largest screw vessel at time of build.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Wells D. Walbridge, Buffalo, NY
Ownership Notes:
(J.L. Hurd & Co?)
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Crosshead
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
36" x 4'8", 42rpm non-condensing engine built by Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY. 10' x 21 1/2', 50-55# steam, drop flue boiler. 22' propeller did not work; replaced with 18', 6 blade propeller in Jun, 1854.
Dimensions
Length:
222' 11"
Beam:
34' 1"
Depth:
13' 1"
Tonnage (old style):
950 25/95
Capacity:
750 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Skillagalee Reef, east of Beaver Island.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
14 Oct 1859
How:
Grounded & wrecked in storm.
Final Cargo:
Provisions; 2 wrecking pumps.
Notes:
1860, Sep Cargo, boiler, Machinery salvaged.
History

1854, Apr 17 Launched.

1854, Dec Grounded Buffalo, NY, harbor entrance.

1855, May 7 Owned American Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY.

1855, Sep Damaged & lost deckload in Lake Michigan storm.

1855, Sep Collided with schooner ACADIA, St. Clair River.

1856, May Broke crank, Lake St. Clair.

1856, Oct Collided with & sank brig NEBRASKA, near Milwaukee, WI, Lake Michigan.

c1856 New boiler?

1858, Oct Broke crank near North Manitou, Lake Michigan.

1858, Dec Grounded St. Mary's River.

1859, Oct 14 Wrecked.

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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ORIENTAL (1854, Propeller)