DETROIT (1859, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1859
Official Number:
6198
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Hull diagonally strapped with iron.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Mason & Bidwell
Master Carpenter:
Andrew S. Mason
Original Owner and Location:
Julius Morris, Buffalo, NY.
Ownership Notes:
Official of Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad Co.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
60" x 144", 1050hp engine by Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY; later put into NORTHWEST 1876. 23'6" x 10' tubular boilers from Buffalo, NY. 36' wheels.
Dimensions
Length:
239'
Beam:
34' 4"
Depth:
13' 2"
Tonnage (old style):
1039 31/95
Capacity:
200 passengers, 40,000 bushels, 700 m lumber.
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Between Greenbush & Harrisville, MI.
Lake Huron.
Date:
29 Sep 1872
How:
Wrecked.
Final Cargo:
Lumber & coal.
Notes:
Towing barge, HUNTER, driven ashore between Greenbush & Harrisville, MI. 1873, Mar 8 Documents surrendered. 1875, Jun Machinery recovered to NORTHWEST.
History

1859, May 18 Launched; sister of MILWAUKEE (1868), cost $250,000; patterned after Royal steam packets; designed for year round service.

1859, Aug 22 Owned Julius Morris, Buffalo, NY; ran Milwaukee, WI - Grand Haven, MI.

1859, Aug 27 Owned Lake Michigan Transit Co., Milwaukee, Norman Emmons, secretary.

1860 Upper works completed; 1,113 tons old style or 880.58 gross tons.

1861, Jul Laid up for repairs, Grand Haven, MI.

1862, Jun Broke machinery Long Point, Lake Erie.

1862, Sep Sprang leak near Malden, Detroit River.

1862, Nov Sank, Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron.

1863, Sep 10 Aground Sand Point, Saginaw Bay.

1864, Jun 23 Owned Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad Co., Detroit, William Stephens, secretary.

1865, Sep 7 Readmeasured 880.58 tons, 240 x 58 x 12.5'.

1866, Oct 4 Change to Grand Haven District.

1868, Oct Wrecked outside Grand Haven, MI.

1870, Apr 26 Owned James M. Ballentine, Detroit; rebuilt as schooner barge; 1 deck, 2 masts, 240 x 34.8 x 12.5', 723.48 gross tons.

1871, May 5 Rebuilt as propeller or screw steamer; high pressure engine from propeller HUNTER; 11'6" wheel, 699.3 gross tons.

1872, May Ashore Peach Island.

1872, Sep 29 Wrecked Lake Huron.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Inland Lloyds’ Marine Directory
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Gerry Metzler
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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