FORESTER (1854, Steamer)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport, MI
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
James Bushnell
Original Owner and Location:
Eber B. Ward, Detroit, MI.
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Propulsion Notes:
46 x 120" engine from LONDON (1845) built by Machlem Iron Works; rebuilt by Detroit Locomotive Works 1854.
196' 7"
9' 6"
Tonnage (old style):
503 79/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
19 Miles ENE Port Burwell, ONT.
Lake Erie.
18 Sep 1872
In tow of steamer DUNKIRK with R. R. ELLIOTT, sank in storm. 1877, Dec 24 Documents surrendered; vessel wrecked.

1854, Jul 6 Enrolled Detroit, MI; ran Detroit, Port Huron & Saginaw, MI; ran 17mph; replaced the PEARL, St. Clair River.

1854 Ran Milwaukee, WI - Grand Haven, MI.

1855, Jul Ran on a reef near Goderich, ONT, Lake Huron.

1856, Nov Broke shaft & machinery, Lake Huron.

1857, Jul 27 Readmeasured 187 x 26'8" x 8', 384 tons; owned John P. Ward, Detroit, MI.

1857, Aug Running excursions, Detroit, Port Huron & Goderich, ONT.

1858, Oct Broke cross head near Sheboygan, WI.

1858, Nov Damaged machinery, Lake Huron.

1859 Ran Port Huron, Detroit & Forrestville; ran Milwaukee - Toledo; Toledo - Cleveland - Buffalo, NY.

1859, Oct 19 Aground Fighting Island, Detroit River; released by SEA BIRD.

1860 Broke shaft; towed to Detroit by COLUMBIA.

1861, Aug Collision with schooner W.B. HIBBARD, Detroit River.

1862, Oct Collision with steamer CANADIAN, Detroit River.

1865, Nov 9 Repaired; 1 mast 195 x 26.8 x 9.3; 485.6 gross tons.

1866, May 22 Owned Solomon Gardner & David Gallagher, Detroit, MI.

1867, Apr 29 Made a lumber barge; machinery into ALPENA; 195 x 28 x 9.1, 284.96 gross tons; owned L. M. Mason, Detroit, MI.

1868 US37060.

1868, Nov 15 Foundered; broke away from tug EAGLE, Lake Huron; lumber laden.

1869, Apr 27 Owned Roxana Peter, Bay City, MI.

1869, Sep Adrift, Lake Huron.

1871, May 3 Broke loose of steamer D. F. ROSE; broke her back near Monroe, MI, Lake Erie; towed to Malden, ONT.

1871, Aug 29 Lost deck load lumber.

1871, Nov 9 Owned Paul Marlatt, Bay City, MI; 125 x 28 x 9.1.

1872, May Owned John McLaughlin, John Kelderhouse & George W. Talcott, Buffalo, NY.

1872, Sep Wrecked near Port Burwell, ONT.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Emerson H. Knack
Lytle List
Ed Middleton
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
Loudon G. Wilson
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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FORESTER (1854, Steamer)