First steamer built on Lake Michigan & first steamer on Lake Superior; at first relied mainly on sails, motor speed only 4mph in calm weather.
1843, Sep 4 Enrolled Detroit, MI; owned R.C. Bristol of Bristol & Porter, Chicago, IL.
1843, Oct Collision with steamer BUNKER HILL 20 miles south of Milwaukee, WI; cargo 11,000 bushels wheat.
1844, Apr 24 Aground off Fort Gratiot, MI.
1844 Re-engined to improve speed, coal burning, propellers altered.
1845, Jun Hauled over portage around St.Mary's River rapids on rollers; took 7 weeks.
1846, May 1 Michilimackinac District.
1846 Carried freight goods, copper & passengers during 1946 "copper rush" between Soo & Copper Harbor, MI; carried a 1,750 pound mass of pure copper.
1849, May 1 Enrolled Sault Ste. Marie; owned John R. Livingstone et al, Sault Ste Marie, ONT; 2 decks.
1850 Chartered to Sheldon McKnight to run Sault Ste. Marie to Ontonagon, MI.
1850, Sep Carried copper from Cliff Mine to Washington monument.
1850, Dec 1 Ashore Lake Superior; arrived at Sault Ste Marie Jul 31, 1851.
1851 Enrolled Mackinaw, MI; ran in S. McKnight Superior Line.
1851, Aug 29 Repairs at railway drydock at head of portage.
1852, Apr 2 New engine & boiler.
1852, Oct 10 (or 7) Ashore Bad River, WI, 5 miles out of Ashland, WI; dredged out Oct 1853 & refitted at LaPointe, WI.
1853, Nov 21 Boiler explosion, sank.
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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