FALCON (1853, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1853
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
J.L. Wolverton
Original Owner and Location:
J.L. Hurd & Co., Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
Two 300hp engines by Johnson, Wayne & Co., Detroit.
Dimensions
Length:
198.1'
Beam:
29.7'
Depth:
11.8'
Tonnage (old style):
663 84/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Chicago River.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
18 Oct 1856
How:
Burned.
Final Cargo:
Grain.
Notes:
Burned & sank on Chicago River. 1857, May Raised by tugs CALEB CUSHING & TARLETON JONES, towed offshore & resunk several miles out.
History

1853, Jul 16 Enrolled Detroit, MI; Detroit & Buffalo, NY run.

1853, Aug 28 Launched.

1853, Sep Ran aground on maiden trip to Buffalo; jettisoned 600 barrels flour & 90 casks of high wines.

1854, Dec Collision with schooner C. REEVES off Grand River, Lake Erie; threw overboard $30,000 worth of copper, wheat & flour.

1855, Sep Damaged in collision with schooner BERLIN off Point Pelee, Lake Erie.

1855, Oct Sprang leak Fairport, OH; repaired.

1856, Mar 15 Owned Western Transportation Co., Buffalo; ran on Detroit & Buffalo North Shore Line.

1856, Oct 19 Burned at dock, Chicago, Lake Michigan.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Inland Lloyds’ Marine Directory
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
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
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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FALCON (1853, Propeller)