EMPIRE (1861, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1861
Official Number:
7325
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Passenger & freight canaller.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Quayle & Martin
Original Owner and Location:
Northern Transportation Co., Ogdensburg, NY.
Ownership Notes:
Andrew J. Breed, Secretary.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion Notes:
One of two engines from CITY OF SUPERIOR (1857).
Dimensions
Length:
136'
Beam:
25.83'
Depth:
12'
Tonnage (old style):
393 15/95
Capacity:
350 tons
Final Disposition
Date:
15 May 1897
How:
Abandoned.
Notes:
Documents surrendered Sandusky, OH; unfit for service.
History

1861, Feb 27 Launched.

1861, Apr 15 Enrolled Cleveland, OH.

1862, Oct Ashore Presque Isle, Lake Huron with flour.

1864, May 1 Readmeasured 135 x 25.7 x 10.8; 479.73 tons.

1866 Tri-weekly runs Ogdensburg, NY, Detroit, MI & Lake Michigan.

1866, Sep Broke Machinery at Pultneyville, Lake Ontario; repaired.

1868 350 ton capacity.

1869 Ran Ogdensburg & Chicago, IL daily line.

1869, May Broke machinery at Detroit; repaired.

1870 Lake Michigan line.

1871, Oct Machinery disabled Lake Huron; repaired Detroit, MI.

1871 10 round trips Lake Superior.

1871, Oct Aground Point aux Barques, Lake Huron.

1872, Oct Collision with schooner CONRAD REID.

1873, Jul Stuck on river near Kingston, ONT; partially filled with water.

1873, Jul 11 Sunk at Gananoque, St. Lawrence River.

1876, Mar 23 Owned Northern Transit Co., Rockport, OH.

1879, Aug 28 Same owners, Glen Haven, MI; homeport Grand Haven, MI.

1880 Ran Cleveland, OH - Sarnia, ONT.

1881, May 6 Owned John Hurley, Detroit, MI; rebuilt as steambarge for lumber trade; 1 deck, 1 mast; 136.6 x 25.7 x 10.8; 265.32 gross tons; 188.08 net tons; towed several barges for next 10 yrs.

1882 Repaired; boiler rebuilt.

1885, May Chartered to load lumber at Tawas, MI for Cleveland, OH.

1887, Oct Grounded White Shoals; damaged.

1888, May 10 Owned L.P. Mason et al; E. Saginaw, MI.

1889, Mar 11 Owned John Homegardner et al; Sandusky, OH.

1895, Mar Owned Theodore Greetham, Detroit, MI.

1897, May 15 Abandoned.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Peter J. VanderLinden
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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EMPIRE (1861, Propeller)