EMPIRE STATE (1862, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1862
Official Number:
7229
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Charles S. Bidwell
Original Owner and Location:
Charles Ensign, Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
44 x 42" engine, Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY. firebox boiler 9'6" x 20', Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo.
Dimensions
Length:
210' 10.5"
Beam:
32' 4"
Depth:
13' 2.5"
Tonnage (old style):
860 83/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Date:
18 Mar 1916
How:
Abandoned.
Notes:
Used as fishing & dive platforms until burned 1931.
History

Sister - BADGER STATE.

1862, Apr 5 Launched.

1862, May 3 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; ran Buffalo - Chicago, IL on People's Line for 40 yrs.

1864, Apr 13 Owned Western Transportation Co., became Western Transit Co. in 1884.

1865, Apr 25 Readmeasured 212 x 32.7 x 12.7; 1116.53 gross tons; 2 decks; 1 mast.

1868, Feb Received fore & aft compound engine.

1868, Aug 8 Collided with & sank schooner DUNDENBURG on Lake Huron off thumb area.

1870, Jun 6 Collided with & sank propeller WABASH off Port Huron; repaired.

1879 Rebuilt.

1880's Ran Buffalo, NY - Duluth, MN.

1882, Aug 5 962 net tons.

1883, Oct Grounded Stag Island near Port Huron.

1884 Owned J. Allen Jr., Buffalo, NY.

1887 Repaired.

1890 Repaired - rebottomed.

1891, Jul 17 Stranded AuSable reef; pulled free 5 days later.

1894, Oct Grounded Sugar Island.

1898, Apr 11 Owned Northern Transit Co., Cleveland, OH; repaired & recaulked.

1900, Jul 7 Grounded Little Sturgeon in heavy fog.

1901 Owned George Hansheer, Cleveland, OH.

1902, Apr 1 Owned Barry Brothers Transportation Co., Chicago, IL; ran Chicago - Muskegon, MI.

1902 Extensive repairs Manitowoc, WI; ran Chicago, IL - Green Bay, WI.

1903 Ran Detroit, MI - Cleveland, OH.

1903, Sep 19 Laid up for libel proceeding by American Shipbuilding Co.

1903, Oct 20 Sold in receivership to F.H. Riebenach, Alpena, MI.

1903, Oct 29 Owned John McCoy, Milwaukee, WI.

1903, Nov 3 Owned Barry Brothers Transportation Co., Chicago, IL; ran Chicago, IL - Milwaukee, WI.

1904 Received steeple compound engine 24 + 54 x 39 by H.G. Trout, Buffalo.

1906, Dec 25 Burned at dock, Chicago, IL.

1907 Dismantled Muskegon, MI.

1908, May 12 Owned Bennett & Schnorrbach, Muskegon, MI.

1908 Rebuilt as barge by Leatham D. Smith, Sturgeon Bay, WI; 1 deck; no masts; 637 gross & net tons.

1911, Sep Owned Soren Termanson, Sturgeon Bay.

1911 Owned Sturgeon Bay Stone Co.

1916, Mar 18 Abandoned Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Beesons Marine Directory
Bowling Green State University, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes Register
John O. Greenwood
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Peter J. VanderLinden
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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EMPIRE STATE (1862, Propeller)