CORMORANT (1873, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1873
Official Number:
125334
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Originally painted "iron ore" red; sisterships RALEIGH, 1871 & EGYPTIAN, 1873.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Ira LaFrinier & Co.
Original Owner and Location:
R.K. & H.J. Winslow, Cleveland, OH.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
3
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Steeple Compound
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
30 x 30 iron condensing steam engine by Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, OH. 2 - 7 1/4 x 17' tubular boilers; 95# steam; Globe Ironworks.
Dimensions
Length:
218.4'
Beam:
34.6'
Depth:
14.1'
Tonnage (gross):
872.01
Capacity:
1300 tons or 45000 bushels.
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Red Cliff, WI. ?
Lake Superior.
Date:
 Dec 1907
How:
Scuttled.
Final Cargo:
None.
Notes:
After Oct 30 burning, vessel was raised & towed to Bayfield, WI, then supposedly to Duluth, MN in Dec where engine & boilers were removed (machinery to Chicago). 1907, Dec 30 Documents surrendered.
History

1873, Aug Launched; consort RICHARD WINSLOW; for grain & iron ore trade.

1874, May Grounded Neebish Rapids, St. Mary's River.

1878, Apr 17 Rebuilt, 2 decks & 3 masts; readmeasured 1200 gross / 1040.3 net tons; increased carrying capacity by 5000 bushels.

1880s - 90s Also regularly towed CHARLES WALL.

1883, Aug Lost mast, Detour, MI, Lake Huron.

1884, Jun 5 Disabled machinery, Round Island, St. Mary's River.

1886, Aug 30 Grounded in fog with consort RICHARD WINSLOW, Round Island, St. Mary's River.

1887, Nov 23 Grounded, Waiska Bay, Lake Superior.

1888 Redecked.

1889, Sep 7 Stranded on Chickenolee Reef, Pelee Island, Lake Erie; repaired.

1890, Nov 31 Burned, Toledo, OH, Lake Erie.

1891 Rebuilt; new steel arches.

1893, Mar 24 Owned Henry W. Watson, et al, Buffalo, NY.

1895, May 10 Owned Richard Winslow, et al, New York City, NY.

1896, Apr 22 Owned John L. Crosthwaite, et al, Buffalo.

1897, Sep 25 Rebuilt as lumber carrier; 1 deck; readmeasured, 977.1 gross / 817.3 net tons; 24 + 44 x 30", 450hp at 85rpm steeple compound engine; one 12' x 14' scotch boiler; machinery by Globe Iron Works.

1898 + Regularly towed ALICE NORRIS.

1900, Feb 7 Owned Edward Hines Lumber Co., Chicago.

1900, Apr 7 Reduced to 2 masts.

1903 Rebuilt at Manitowoc, WI.

1903, Nov 25 Grounded Simmons Reef, Lake Michigan.

1905, Dec 14 Burned & beached, Grand Island, Niagara River; repaired & new wheel.

1907, Oct 30 Burned near Basswood Island, Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Inland Lloyds’ Marine Directory
C. Patrick Labadie
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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