WATER WITCH (1862, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1862
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport (Marine City), MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Equipped with early watertight bulkhead made with oak timbers & India-rubber, interlinked windlass & capstan, new design pony engine.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Jacob L. Wolverton
Original Owner and Location:
Florence Brindle, Newport
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Propulsion Notes:
Unusual "cog-wheel" low pressure engine with transverse walking beam that allowed 2 1/2 revolutions of the propeller for each stroke of the engine. Engine from FASHION, 1847. Engine built by Detroit Locomotive works, 1862. Boilers by Brennan, Newport, 1862.
Dimensions
Length:
163' 9"
Beam:
25' 4"
Depth:
9' 4"
Tonnage (old style):
369 68/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Au Sable Point or Saginaw Bay.
Lake Huron.
Date:
11 Nov 1863
How:
Foundered in gale.
Final Cargo:
Flour, copper, merchandise, silver.
Notes:
20-28 lives lost.
History

1862 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1862, Jun 7 Broke shaft 12 miles from LaPointe, Lake Superior; towed in by 75 oarsmen.

1863 Owned Eber B. Ward, Detroit, MI.

1863, Nov 11 Foundered Lake Huron.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
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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WATER WITCH (1862, Propeller)