ARGONAUT (1873, Schooner-barge)


Year of Build:
1873
Official Number:
29755
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Schooner-barge
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
25
Builder Name:
Detroit Dry Dock Co.
Master Carpenter:
G. Hardison
Original Owner and Location:
Argo Steamship Co., Detroit, MI
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
3
Dimensions
Length:
213'
Beam:
35'
Depth:
12.4'
Tonnage (gross):
1118
Tonnage (net):
984
Capacity:
1400 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Marysville, MI, St. Clair River.
Date:
13 Oct 1906
How:
Burned.
Final Cargo:
None.
Notes:
Burned at dock while relieved of engine.
History

1873, Apr Launched; double decker.

1875 Owned Campbell & O., Detroit, MI.

1876 Owned Merrick & Son, Detroit, MI.

1879 Owned Ira H. Owens et.al., Chicago, IL; Escanaba & Lake Michigan Transportation Co.

1881, Apr 23 Changed to bulk freighter; fitted with starboard engine from INTER OCEAN; steeple compound 22 + 42 x 30 from Dry Dock Engine Work; firebox boiler 9 x 151, 213 x 35.2 x 12.4; 1118 gross tons.

1882 Owned Marine City, MI; 1118.59 gross tons.

1883, Nov Near stranded Point Betsey during heavy seas, filled with water.

1887. Mar 29 Chartered to carry 50,000 bu. wheat, Detroit to Buffalo.

1887, May 25 Rebuilt; condensing engine compounded; new & larger boiler.

1887, Oct 25 Distress during storm near Grand Haven, damaged steering gear.

1890 Owned Erie & Lake Michigan Transportation Co, Marine City.

1896, May Steam chest exploded on Lake Michigan; repaired.

1898, Aug 23 Sprung leak while unloading Buffalo ore dock.

1899 Owned C.R. Jones, Port Huron, MI.

1900, Aug 19 Loaded with ore Escanaba; sprung leak & sank #3 ore dock.

1900, Aug 20 Broke main steam line as listed; sank Escanaba, badly scalding fireman; overloaded/

1906, Aug 27 Collision with CITY OF CONCORD Port Huron.

1906, Oct 13 Burned dock Marysville, MI; owned D.W. Mills, Cleveland.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes Register
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Milwaukee Public Library
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Peter J. VanderLinden
Lorne Joyce
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

ARGONAUT (1873, Schooner-barge)
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ARGONAUT (1873, Schooner-barge)