FOREST CITY (1870, Bulk Freighter)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Peck & Masters
Master Carpenter:
Elihu M. Peck
Original Owner and Location:
Northwestern Transportation Co., Detroit, MI.
Number of Masts:
Tonnage (gross):
1,300 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Bears Rump Island, near Tobermory, ONT, Georgian Bay.
Lake Huron.
5 Jun 1904
Run into rocky island in dense fog; crew rescued by tug JOE MILTON. 1970 Lies in 10-22 fathoms east end of Bear's Rump Island.

1870, May 7 Launched.

1870, May 16 Enrolled Detroit, MI; designated as consort to bulk freight steamer R. J. HACKET; initiated system of towing consorts on the Lakes.

1870, Jun 15 Carried 1,224 tons iron ore; largest cargo to leave Escanaba, MI.

1871 Towed by COLIN CAMPBELL.

1871, Oct Grounded St. Clair flats.

1872, May 10 Made a screw steamer; 22 + 40 x 36"; 550hp @ 85rpm steeple compound engine by Cuyahoga Furnace Co., Cleveland, OH (1870); 2 firebox boilers 7' 3" x 17' @ 80# steam (1872); paired for years with barge BRUNETTE.

1872, Nov Grounded at flats, laden with iron ore from Escanaba, MI.

1873, Sep Collision with Rush Street Bridge, Chicago, IL.

1876 Ran Milwaukee, WI - Grand Haven, MI, wheat & flour.

1877 Lost rudder off Thunder Bay; repaired Alpena, MI.

1879, Apr 23 Repaired.

1881, Mar Chartered by North Chicago Rolling Mill Co. with consort H. H. BROWN carried iron ore Escanaba - S. Chicago, IL.

1881, Apr 23 Rebuilt; 2 decks, 3 masts; 213.7 x 33.5 x 21.3'; 1,236.29 gross / 1,070 net tons.

1883, Nov 15 Aground St. Mary's River; released.

1885 216.7 x 32.5 x 13.8; 993.60 net tons.

1892, Sep 15 Owned Vulcan Transportation Co., Detroit, MI; towed WILLIAM MCGREGOR.

1899 213 x 33'6" x 22'; 1,236 gross tons.

1904, Jun 5 Wrecked Lake Huron, Georgian Bay.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
G. P. Bugbee
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Great Lakes Register
Peter J. VanderLinden
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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FOREST CITY (1870, Bulk Freighter)