CRANAGE, THOMAS (1893, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1893
Official Number:
145648
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Single deck steamer with hold beams, steel arches & diagonal straps on frames; steam pumps, steel boilerhouse, reinforced bow. Largest ship in American fleet when built.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
James Davidson
Original Owner and Location:
Cranage et al., Bay City, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
3
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
20, 33 & 54 x 42"; 1000hp; 81rpm; Dry dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI 1893. 14'4" x 12'; 160# steam scotch boiler, Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI 1893.
Dimensions
Length:
305'
Beam:
43'
Depth:
20.7'
Tonnage (gross):
2219
Tonnage (net):
1855
Capacity:
110,000 bushels of wheat
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Watcher's Reef, near Tiffin, ONT, Georgian Bay.
Lake Huron.
Date:
25 Sep 1911
How:
Stranded.
Final Cargo:
Oats.
Notes:
Bound Chicago - Tiffin; ran on a reef in clear weather due to navigational error. 1911, Oct 8 Abandoned after salvage effort failed.
History

1893, Jul 29 Launched.

1896, May 25 Released from Plum Island, Lake Michigan.

1898, Spring Drydocked Milwaukee, WI & found badly damaged; 6 planks shattered & 40 frames broken.

1911, Apr 25 Stranded.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Burton Collection
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Great Lakes Register
C. Patrick Labadie
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Milwaukee Public Library
Newspaper Clippings
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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CRANAGE, THOMAS (1893, Bulk Freighter)