DISPATCH (1856, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1856
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
St. Antoine, QUE
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Hull Materials:
Wood
Builder Name:
Beaudry & Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Dimensions
Length:
108.3'
Beam:
20.5'
Depth:
8.5'
Tonnage (old style):
55.5
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Pointe Aux Barques Reef.
Lake Huron.
Date:
10 Oct 1871
How:
Ran aground.
Final Cargo:
Towing five barges.
Notes:
Ran onto reef in smoke from forest fires; went to pieces; barges recovered.
History

1856, Jun 3 Owned Charles King, St. Antoine, QUE.

1857, Aug 8 Owned Henry King, St. Antoine.

1857, Sep 8 Owned William King, St. Antoine.

1857, Oct 5 Owned James Dawson, Sombra, ONT.

1858, Nov Collided with & sunk schooner ALLENWICK, St. Clair Flats.

1860, Jul 29 Owned S. B. Grummond, Detroit.

1863 Same owner, 173 old tons.

1864 Rebuilt; same owner.

1866, Apr 25 Special act of congress to enroll as U. S. Vessel.

1867, Aug 16 Burned, Sandusky, OH; rebuilt Clarks Shipyard, Detroit.

1868, Apr 18 Readmeasured 101 x 20.4 x 8.6', 140.63 gross tons; register #6155.

1870, Apr Sunk by ice, St. Clair Rapids; $500 loss.

1871, Oct 10 Ran aground Pointe aux Barques, Lake Huron.

1872, Dec 31 Documents surrendered; vessel total loss.

1877 - 78 Owned J. A. Sloan, QUE; 108.3 x 20.5 x 8.2'; 82 gross / 55 net tons; Canadian registry #C33249; unclear if same vessel returned to Canadian registry or if outdated references.

1890, Mar 3 Canadian register closed.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Canadian List of Shipping (M&FLV)
Canadian Registers
Canadian Sessional Papers
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Gerry Metzler
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Quayle, Detroit and St. Clair River Towing Association
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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DISPATCH (1856, Tug (Towboat))