CHAMPION (1868, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1868
Official Number:
5720
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Note: Sister to VULCAN.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
5
Builder Name:
Campbell & Owen
Original Owner and Location:
John Edwards, et al., Detroit, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
26", 26" x 33", 800hp engine, Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, 1868 7' x 18' firebox boilers, Desotelle & Hutton, Detroit.
Dimensions
Length:
134'
Beam:
21'
Depth:
11.8'
Tonnage (gross):
263
Tonnage (net):
147
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island.
Lake Erie.
Date:
15 Sep 1903
How:
Burned, total loss.
History

1868, Sep 27 Wheelhouse & cabin destroyed by bark ALICE in first tow; Detroit River.

1871 Owned H.N. Strong.

1871 Owned Merrick & Co., Detroit, MI.

1872, Jul 17 Damaged by fire at Detroit.

1873 New boiler adapted for coal, new wheel & shaft.

1875 - 82 Owned Strong estate, Detroit.

1879 Repairs.

1881 Repairs.

1882 Repairs.

1884 Owned Gillett, Detroit, MI.

1885 - 95 Owned S.B. Grummond, Detroit.

1890 Converted to wrecker.

1896, May 21 Rebuilt.

1897 Owned C.A. Chamberlin, Detroit.

1898 Engine rebuilt as fore & aft compound; 26", 44" x 33".

1899 - 1900 Rebuilt, hull raised 18", new cabins.

1903 Burned to waters edge; owned H.W. Baker, Detroit.

1904 Raised.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Beesons Marine Directory
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Peter J. VanderLinden
Loudon G. Wilson
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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CHAMPION (1868, Tug (Towboat))