ARGO (1849, Ferry)


Year of Build:
1849
Official Number:
1427
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Ferry
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Captain Burtis
Master Carpenter:
John Foster
Original Owner and Location:
George B. Russell, Detroit, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
Dimensions
Length:
91'
Beam:
19'
Depth:
7'
Tonnage (old style):
111 39/95
Final Disposition
Date:
  1879
How:
Abandoned.
History

Ran Detroit & Windsor.

First steamboat built Michigan.

1849, May 20 Fire box collapsed while on trial trip; one killed.

1849, Jul 14 Enrolled Detroit, MI as new vessel.

Ran with UNDINE in Detroit & Windsor ferry service; later with GEM & OTTAWA.

1863 Ran with ESSEX, GEM, UNION, TRANSIT, & WINDSOR; owned J. Forbes, Detroit, MI.

1864 Rebuilt after damaged by explosion; owned Forbes, Detroit.

1865 Readmeasured; 118.53 gross tons.

1872, Nov 17 Retired from ferry service; upper works removed & used as barge.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Peter J. VanderLinden
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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ARGO (1849, Ferry)