ST. IGNACE (1888, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))


Year of Build:
1888
Official Number:
116191
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Car Ferry (Rail Ferry)
Note: First double screw ferryboat built in America; ice breaker
Hull Materials:
Wood
Hull Number:
85
Builder Name:
Detroit Dry Dock Company
Original Owner and Location:
Mackinac Transportation Company, Detroit, Michigan
Ownership Notes:
Company owned by Michigan Central Railway Company
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Boilers:
3
Propulsion Notes:
28.5 + 53 x 48", 855hp, 85rpm engine, by Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, Michigan (1888) 11'6" x 18', 127 pounds steam, scotch boilers by Lake Erie Boiler Works, Buffalo, New York (1887)
Dimensions
Length:
215.6'
Beam:
52.3'
Depth:
15.8'
Tonnage (gross):
1199
Tonnage (net):
600
Capacity:
10 freight or 8 passenger cars
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Port Arthur, Ontario; Thunder Bay, Lake Superior
How:
Fire
Notes:
At Western Drydock & Shipbuilding's dock
History

Built to transport railroad cars between Mackinaw City & Saint Ignace, Michigan

1887, December 20 Launched, designed by F.A.Kirby

1888 Electric search light installed

1889, October Overhaul & repairs

1890 Repairs

1915 Owned James Walker, Port Arthur, Ontario; for ice breaking at

Port Arthur; C134017, 220.8 x 53.2 x 19, 1476/935 tons

1916 Burned, Port Arthur

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

ST. IGNACE (1888, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))
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ST. IGNACE (1888, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))