ONTONAGON (1856, Propeller)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Note: Plain head & round stern
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Master Carpenter:
Jacob W. Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Albert T. Spencer, Chicago, Illinois
Propulsion Notes:
Engine by Shepard Iron Works
176' 11"
29' 10"
11' 3"
Tonnage (old style):
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Stag Island, Ontario, Saint Clair River
25 Sep 1883
Final Cargo:
Lumber (?)
Caught on fire & ran ashore, allowed to burn to total loss

1856, February 16 Chartered New Chicago, Milwaukee & Lake Superior Line

1856, January 4 First enrolled Chicago, Illinois

1856-1862 In Chicago & Collingwood, Ontario route, mates HUNTER,


1857, April 16 Part of Northwest Transportation Company fleet

1857, June Sunk schooner NORTH STAR on Lake Michigan

1858, June 2 Boiler burst, Big Point Sable, Michigan, Lake Michigan

1858, August 31 Broke cylinder head, disabled, Collingwood, Ontario

1860, July 7 Owned Gordon S. Hubbard, et.al., Chicago

1861, April 29 Owned Solomon Sturges, Chicago

1862 Major repairs

1863, July Arches broken on Lake Michigan, repaired

1864, June Machinery broke, Lake Michigan, repaired

1865, May 18 Owned Joseph Austrian, Chicago, et.al.; rebuilt; 175.85 x

30 x 10.17', 682.14 gross tons, US18936

1867, May 10 Owned Ida F.Leopold, Hancock, Michigan

1867, September Collided with unknown vessel, Milwaukee, Lake

Michigan, repaired

1870, August 9 Sank after struck rocks near Soo Canal, Michigan,

abandoned to underwriter

1870, September 12 Wreck raised & repaired Campbell & Owen Shipyard,

Detroit, Michigan

1870, October Repaired

1871, May 4 Received new cabin with stateroom accomodation for 63


1871, May 23 Owned Bertha F. Leopold, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1872, July 1 Owned David Gallagher, et.al., Detroit

1873, April 14 Owned Solomon Gardner, et.al., Detroit

1875, September 11 Lost two barges in gale on Lake Huron

1876 Wrecked, Clay Banks, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

1876, September Sunk near Colchester, Ontario, Lake Erie, after stern

pipe broke in storm

1877, April 24 Reported owned S.B. Grummond

1879, June 18 Rebuilt as steambarge, 1 deck, 1 mast, 175.7 x 30 x

10.2', 377.71 gross tons; owned John P. Clark, Detroit

1880, April 13 Owned Henry Turner, et.al., East Saginaw, Michigan

1880, November Ashore with damage near Fairport, Ohio

1882, May 1 condensing engine, 34.5 x 36", 1 tubular boiler, 8 x 17.25'

1883, May 21 Beached Port Hope, Ontario after ran into storm on Lake

Huron; repaired

1883, September 23 Burned Star Island, Saint Clair River

1883, September 25 Documents surrendered, Port Huron, Michigan

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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ONTONAGON (1856, Propeller)