EMPIRE STATE (1848, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1848
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
St. Clair, MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
John Griffin
Master Carpenter:
Capt. A. Walker
Original Owner and Location:
Morris Hazard et al., Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
3
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
76 x 144" engine, Merrick & Towne Foundry, Philadelphia, PA. 10.5' x 28' boilers. 38' paddlewheels.
Dimensions
Length:
298' 11"
Beam:
37'
Depth:
14' 5"
Tonnage (old style):
1553 70/95
Capacity:
7000 barrels freight; 1900 passengers
Final Disposition
Date:
  1857
How:
Scrapped.
Notes:
1858 Made a drydock, St. Clair Flats.
History

Sisters: MICHIGAN SOUTHERN & NORTHERN INDIANA.

Building was begun 1846 by Capt. Walker at St. Clair, MI to build largest steamboat on inland waters to be named EXCELSIOR; renamed SHAKESPHERE during building; sold before completion to Hazard who officially named her EMPIRE STATE.

1845, May 19 Received machinery at Buffalo, NY.

1848 Runs 16 mph at 13 revolutions.

1848, Oct 10 Enrolled Buffalo.

1849, Aug 8 Beached in gale 3 mi. south Sleeping Bear, Lake Michigan; towed to Detroit for repairs.

1849, Jun 30 Owned Marshall French et al, Norwalk, CT.

1849, Jun Ran Buffalo, NY - Milwaukee, WI; 66.5 hrs; fastest time on the Lakes.

1851, May 9 Collision with brig MAYFLOWER.

1851, Feb 15 Owned Thomas Hefford et al, Buffalo; ran Cleveland, OH to Buffalo, NY; lengthened at Buffalo to 314.11'.

1851, Sep 16 Lost tow of barges with circus on board.

1851, Sep 23 Collision with schooner JANE LOUISA off Buffalo.

1851, Nov 3 Ran into pier; sank Chicago, IL.

1852, Mar 26 Owned Morris Hazard, et al, Buffalo.

1852, Mar 26 Owned Michigan Southern Railroad; ran Cleveland - Buffalo.

1853 Ran Toledo, OH - Buffalo, NY.

1854 169.29 tons.

1856 Dismantled Buffalo; engine into WESTERN METROPOLIS; laid up in panic 1857.

1858 Hull purchased by C.V. Dixon & J.W. Van Norman, Detroit for use as dock at the Flats.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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