FAME (1853, Barkentine)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
J. L. Wolverton
Original Owner and Location:
H. N. Strong, Detroit, MI.
Number of Masts:
132' 4"
25' 10"
Tonnage (old style):
428 35/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Near harbor entrance, Presque Isle, MI.
Lake Huron.
 Oct 1887
Driven ashore, wrecked. 1887, Oct 29 Documents surrendered; total loss.

1853, May 21 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1853 / 54 Lengthened 24'; 155'9" x 26' x 11'2"; 428 35/95 tons.

1854, Apr 18 Launched after lengthening, Wolverton yard.

1854, May 16 Owned William H. Whitcomb & David Nichols, Detroit, MI.

1854, Jul Leaking; repaired Buffalo.

1854, Oct 6 Stranded Goderich, ONT, cargo of corn; pulled off following spring; repaired Goderich.

1855, Jul Leaking, Chicago - Buffalo with railroad iron.

1856, Apr 15 Owned A. Smith Bagg, Detroit, MI.

1856, May Stranded Thunder Bay, MI.

1856, Jun Struck by lightening; all 10 crew injured.

1856, Sep 3 Ashore Thunder Bay Island.

1856, Nov Collision with bark SUNSHINE, Lake Erie.

1857 Collision, Chicago harbor; significant damage.

1860, Jul 3 Owned Elon W. Hudson, Detroit, MI.

1861 Large repairs.

1862, Oct Collision with barge ST.LAWRENCE, Buffalo harbor.

1863, Aug Ashore Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior, struck by lightning.

1865 156' x 26' x 10.6'; US9213; 281.50 gross / 268.5 net tons.

1865, Nov Sank in collision Chicago, IL.

1866, May Ashore S. Manitou; heavy damage; cargo wheat & corn.

1866, Sep Aground Pelee Island, Lake Erie with cargo corn.

1866, Sep Damaged in collision with schooner MYRTLE on Lake St. Clair.

1866, Nov Aground South Manitou Island wtih lumber; released.

1867, Apr 24 Owned W. W. Hart, Detroit, MI.

1869, Nov Disabled lake Erie; towed to Detroit.

1870 Repaired.

1871, Jun 24 Rerigged as lumber barge; 156 x 26 x 10', two masts.

1872, Jul 27 Owned George S. Colwell et al, Harrisville, MI; 3 mast schooner barge.

1879, Oct 9 Owned Charles A. Chamberlain, Detroit, MI; 2 masts; sloop rigged; 267.42 net tons.

1885 Sank Sand Beach, MI.

1887, Oct Wrecked, Lake Huron.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
U. S. Merchant Vessels
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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FAME (1853, Barkentine)