CITY OF TOLEDO (1865, Steamer)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Toledo, OH
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
John F. Squires & F. Keating
Original Owner and Location:
Toledo & Saginaw Navigation Co., Detroit, MI.
Ownership Notes:
Selah Dustin et al.
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
Propulsion Notes:
40" x 108" stroke, 400hp @ 24rpm engine, by Johnston, Wayne & Co., for steamer DART (1853); rebuilt Detroit Locomotive Works, installed at Detroit. 8' x 19' 10" @ 50# steam firebox boiler. Wheels 24'.
Tonnage (gross):

1865, Jul 14 Launched incomplete; ran Toledo, Sandusky, Detroit & Saginaw.

1865 - 66 Cabins added; 362 tons.

1866 First steamer to ply regularly Manistee, MI - Milwaukee, WI.

1866 - 68 Service Toledo, OH to Saginaw, MI weekly.

1868 Outfitted with feathering paddlewheels.

1869 Owned C.H. Buhl & William Moore; ran Detroit - northern Lake Huron ports, then Marquette & Houghton.

1869, Apr New 40" cylinder replaced 36" one.

1869, May Overhauled for Lake Superior trade.

1871, Mar Owned Engleman Transportation Co., Milwaukee, WI; paired with METROPOLIS, ran daily Muskegon, Whitehall, Montague, Benona, Pentwater, Luddington, Manistee, Turners Point & Traverse City; earliest ships to call regularly at several smaller ports.

1871, May In Milwaukee to replace boiler & overhaul flues.

1871, Aug 24 Machinery broke.

1872, Apr 12 Rammed by schooner NAPOLEON at Milwaukee harbor.

1873, Nov 5 Ashore near Manistee; owned Moore & Dustin, Toledo, OH.

1874, Aug 23 Burned Manistee; dismantled, engine put into FLORA at Milwaukee.

1875 Rebuilt by Wolf & Davidson, Milwaukee for their own account as a 3 masted schooner barge; 160.5 x 25 x 8.8'; 245 gross tons; 233 net tons; planned for lumber trade in Chicago.

1880 Owned John Demsey & Co., Milwaukee.

1882 Owned Manistee Lumber Co.

1883 Rebuilt.

1885, May Collision with freighter CHICAGO at Milwaukee harbor.

1889, Oct 4 Collision with Chicago bridge; lost jibboom & bow spirit.

1892, Aug 30 Capsized in squall at Pierport, MI with loss of all crew; rerigged as a tow barge with 2 short masts.

1894 Owned Samuel & Charles Neff, Milwaukee; Chicago & Manistee lumber trade.

1899 Owned Edward E. Ayer; Milwaukee.

1900 Owned C.E. Rowland, Toledo, OH.

1901 Owned William T. Clark, Toledo.

1902 Owned A.C. McLean, East Saginaw, MI.

1904 Owned Alvin Peter, Toledo; towed by J.FISK, JR in coal trade.

1906, May 21 Struck Belle Isle bridge; sunk in Detroit River.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
F. E. Hamilton
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Emerson H. Knack
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Ed Middleton
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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CITY OF TOLEDO (1865, Steamer)