WESTERN METROPOLIS (1856, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1856
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Marble fountain in main salon, 12 large cabins, 55 staterooms
Hull Materials:
Wood
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Master Carpenter:
Vincent Bidwell
Original Owner:
Michigan Southern Railroad Company
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
Propulsion Notes:
Received machinery of NORTHERN INDIANA 75" x 144" walking beam engine by Merrick & Towne, Philadelphia 38' wheels
Dimensions
Length:
321' 10"
Beam:
39' 10"
Depth:
14' 2"
Tonnage (old style):
1861.21
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Calumet, Illinois near Chicago, Lake Michigan
Date:
8 Oct 1864
How:
Wrecked
Notes:
Stranded & wrecked in storm
History

1856, October 1 Enrolled Detroit, Michigan; similar to CITY OF BUFFALO

1856, April 23 Launched

1856, August 4 Maiden trip Buffalo, New York to Detroit, Michigan; ran

this route regular service with SOUTHERN MICHIGAN

1857, June Burned, Buffalo harbor

1857, July Laid up during panic

1858, November 11 Repaired Clark's Dry Dock, Detroit, Michigan

1859 Ran Cleveland to Buffalo; engine of old EMPIRE STATE

1860 Ran on Lake Erie & Buffalo Steamboat Company

1860, July 7 Damaged in collision with schooner SON AND HEIR at

Cleveland, Ohio

1861, September Laid up

1862 Made a barkentine at Monroe, Michigan by Jones; owned A.J. Frink

& J. Morey; engine into ATLANTIC built New York City; ran Buffalo

to Chicago, Illinois in grain trade; capacity 60,000 bushels

1863 Enrolled Buffalo; 1,341 gross tons

1863, May Cleared Chicago with record cargo 73,000 bushels oats &

1,000 barrels pork

1863, September 2 Dismasted on Lake Michigan near Manitous

1864, October 8 Wrecked

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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WESTERN METROPOLIS (1856, Steamer)