WARD, EBER (1888, Package Freighter)


Year of Build:
1888
Official Number:
136001
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Note: Diagonal steel straps on frames, one watertight bulkhead
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
43
Builder Name:
F.W. Wheeler
Original Owner:
Eber B. Ward
Ownership Notes:
Ward's Detroit & Lake Superior Line
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
26 + 48 x 40", 600hp at 84rpm engine by Samuel Hodge Works 12 x 12.5' at 110 pounds steam by Lake Erie Boiler Works, Buffalo, New York
Dimensions
Length:
213.2'
Beam:
37'
Depth:
22.2'
Tonnage (gross):
1343.97
Tonnage (net):
1037.71
Final Disposition
Final Location:
6 miles west Mackinaw City, Lake Michigan
Date:
9 Apr 1909
Final Depth:
138'
How:
Wrecked
Final Cargo:
55,000 bushels corn
Notes:
Bound Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Port Huron, Michigan, strck a growler (floating ice cake) & sank; 5 lives lost 1909, June 15 Cargo salvaged by ALBERT SOPER 1980, April 22 Wreck discovered by Feltner
History

1888, July 21 Enrolled Detroit, Michigan; duplicate of WILLIAM H.

STEVENS & JOHN V. MORAN

1888, August 9 Aground opposite Old Superior

1889, November Mishap off Bayfield, Wisconsin

1890, November Grounded near Connors' Point draw near Duluth, Minnesota

1891 Repaired; new propeller, double hoists for cargo handling at

Buffalo, New York

1892, July 18 Owned Crescent Transportation Company

1894, February Damaged in collision with car ferry GREAT WESTERN at

her dock in fog at Detroit

1895, April 29 Rescued crew of steamer A. EVERETT at Point aux

Barques, Lake Huron

1896, May 2 Owned Union Transit Company, Buffalo, New York

1897, April 24 Ashore in heavy fog, Whitefish Point, Lake Superior;

released

1897, May Fire damaged upper works

1901 Ran with STEVENS, FISK, AVON, PORTAGE & JOHN M. NICHOL

1904, May 17 Owned John J. Boland & Company, Buffalo Creek District

1904, May 18 Owned Columbia Transit Company

1907, March 26 Owned Hecla Transportation Company

1907, 1908, Winter Rebuilt Kenyon yard, Marine City; new upper works,

two additional hatches

1909, April 9 Sank, Straits of Mackinaw

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

WARD, EBER (1888, Package Freighter)
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WARD, EBER (1888, Package Freighter)