CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS (1879, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1879
Official Number:
125743
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Grand Haven, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Passenger & package freight.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Duncan Robertson
Original Owner and Location:
Hannah, Lay & Co., Traverse City, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
30 x 30", 350hp @ 96rpm engine by Ottawa Iron Works, Ferrysburg, MI. 7' 10/12" x 161" firebox boiler by Johnston Bros., Ferrysburg, MI.
Dimensions
Length:
125.6'
Beam:
26.4'
Depth:
9.3'
Tonnage (gross):
399
Tonnage (net):
300
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Lions Head, Georgian Bay.
Lake Huron.

Date:
29 Oct 1907
How:
Burned at dock, Tobermory.
Notes:
Drifted free & sank.
History

1879, Jun 13 Enrolled Grand Haven; owned Hannah, Lay & Co., Traverse City; operated Traverse City - St. Ignace.

1890, Oct 22 Ran aground on Waugoshance reef, damaging stern post & shoe.

1893, May 31 Owned Oscar E. Wilbur, Charlevoix; same route.

1895, Dec 11 Owned Jay Hursley, Sault Ste Marie; Sault Ste Marie - Marquette.

1897, Apr 28 Ran ashore on Mackinac Island.

1897, May 5 Released by wrecker FAVORITE; to Manitowoc for repairs.

1897, Jun 1 Owned South Haven & Chicago Transportation Co., enrolled Chicago; ran St. Joseph - Chicago.

1899, Aug Leaking enroute to Milwaukee, 200 passengers; reached South Haven safely.

1900, Mar 28 Owned Barry Bros. Transportation Co., Chicago; Chicago - Waukegon.

1901 Recaulked topside, bottom & decks.

1903, Jul 9 Owned Daniel F. Toomey, Dunkirk, NY.

1904 Engine replaced, 30 x 30" low pressure; 10 x 7 3/4' firebox boiler, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Detroit.

1905, Apr 7 Owned Cleveland, Rondeau & Pt. Stanley Navigation Co.

1907, May 25 Owned Wm. G. Fitzgerald, Detroit.

1907, Sep 7 Sold Canadian; owned Gillies & Rutherford, Tobermory, ONT.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Beesons Marine Directory
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Great Lakes Register
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
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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