EQUINOX (1857, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1857
Official Number:
7232
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Builder Name:
Frederick Nelson Jones
Original Owner and Location:
New York Central Railroad Co., Batavia, NY.
Ownership Notes:
Dean Richmond, President; later called Western Transit Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Engine Type:
Oscillating
Propulsion Notes:
448hp.
Dimensions
Length:
184'
Beam:
31'
Depth:
11' 6"
Tonnage (old style):
620 65/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
8 miles off Big Sable Point.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
10 Sep 1875
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
6,708 barrels salt.
Notes:
25 lives lost; 1 survivor rescued two days later.
History

1857, May 12 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; duplicate of ECLIPSE, EQUATOR & SUN; ran Sandusky Line.

1860 On Buffalo, Cleveland, Sandusky & Toledo Line.

1863 Lake Erie & Green Bay Line.

1864 Buffalo & Toledo Line; then Chicago, Milwaukee & Buffalo.

1866 Owned Buffalo & Toledo Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY; two round trips Buffalo, NY - Marquette, MI & Portage Lake.

1866, Aug Aground Mud Lake.

1866, Sep Damaged in collision with schooner DARIEN at Cleveland.

1867, May Owned Union Steamboat Co.; ran Buffalo, NY - Chicago, IL; often paired with schooner GUIDING STAR.

1869, May 7 Owned Stephen D. Caldwell, Buffalo; Union Steamboat Co.; 870.51 gross tons.

1869, May 18 Collision with propeller TONAWANDA off Point au Pelee.

1870 Ran Toledo, OH - Saginaw, MI.

1870, Oct 28 Bound down from Saginaw, sank in collision with bark LAFRINIER in St. Clair River; cargo 3,500 pounds salt, 1,500,000 shingles.

1870, Oct 31 Raised, dry dock Detroit.

1871 870 gross tons.

1872, Apr 19 Owned Dwight D. Scott, Cleveland, OH; 875.51 tons.

1872 9 round trips to Lake Superior.

1872, Oct 10 Grounded South Manitou; pulled off by CITY OF FREMONT.

1873 Rebuilt 184 x 30.8 x 10.7.

1875 Chartered for season by Grand Truck Railway; ran Chicago, IL - Sarnia, ONT.

1875, Sep 10 Foundered & sank, Lake Michigan.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
Monograph
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
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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EQUINOX (1857, Propeller)