GILCHER, W.H. (1891, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1891
Official Number:
81326
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Hull Materials:
Steel
Builder Name:
Cleveland Shipbuilding Company
Original Owner:
J.C. Gilchrist et al.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
20", 33", 54" x 40" engine.
Dimensions
Length:
301.6'
Beam:
41'
Depth:
24.4'
Tonnage (gross):
2414.64
Tonnage (net):
1986.7
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Near Hay or High Island, near Manitous.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
28 Oct 1892
How:
Foundered in gale.
Final Cargo:
Coal.
Notes:
All 22 lives lost. Her loss within a month of WESTERN RESERVE had serious effects on the Lakes shipping industry. Suspected that the Bessemer Process Steel used to construct both vessels caused the two losses.
History

1892 Towed OGARITA.

1892, May 14 Broke propeller in ice, Duluth, Lake Superior, being towed to Buffalo, NY by the SCHURCH.

1892, Oct 28 Foundered in gale, Lake Michigan.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
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

GILCHER, W.H. (1891, Bulk Freighter)
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GILCHER, W.H. (1891, Bulk Freighter)