ALASKA (1871, Package Freighter)


Year of Build:
1871
Official Number:
105135
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Note: Wooden superstructure cost $125,000.
Hull Materials:
Iron
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Gibson & Craig
Original Owner and Location:
Erie & Western Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY (Anchor Line)
Ownership Notes:
J.C. & E.T. Evans, owners.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Steeple Compound
# Cylinders:
2
Propulsion Notes:
Engine 24 & 51 x 36", from Perry & Lay, Buffalo, NY.
Dimensions
Length:
212.6'
Beam:
32'
Depth:
13.9'
Tonnage (gross):
1288
Tonnage (net):
1147
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Hamilton, ONT.
Date:
  1946
How:
Broken up.
History

Carried package freight between Buffalo, Duluth, and sometimes to Chicago.

1871, Jun 3 Collision with vessels, MOORE, BOLTON, WILLIAM TREAT, & SEA BIRD.

1872, Oct 22 Ran aground at Malden, ONT, leaking badly. Headed for Chicago with cargo of wheat & barley.

1883 Collision with Westcott's light ship, DETROIT RIVER, serious damage.

1886 New boiler from Lake Erie Boiler Works, Buffalo.

1890, Jun 12 Stranded in dense fog two miles south of Cheboygan, MI.

1901 Secured by Lake Superior Line.

1907 Stranded Fox Pt, Lake Michigan.

1910, Oct 12 Owned James O'Connor, Tonawanda; rebuilt as steambarge by Empire Ship Building Co, Buffalo, NY; 212.6' x 32' x 13.9', 986/592 tons.

1914 Mullen Coal Co, Detroit, MI.

1936 Sold Canadian but laid up in boneyard at Sandwich, ONT.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
American Bureau of Shipping
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes Register
C. Patrick Labadie
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Peter J. VanderLinden
Lorne Joyce
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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ALASKA (1871, Package Freighter)