FORD, AUGUSTUS (1853, Schooner)


Year of Build:
1853
Official Number:
1084
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Dexter, NY
Vessel Type:
Schooner
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Riggs & Ford
Original Owner and Location:
L.A. Ford, Dexter, NY.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
2
Dimensions
Length:
107'
Beam:
24.6'
Depth:
9'
Tonnage (old style):
257.06
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Harbor enterance, Fairport, OH.
Lake Erie.
Date:
18 Apr 1890
How:
Ice.
Final Cargo:
Lumber.
Notes:
Wrecked by wind-driven ice.
History

1854 Enrolled Sacketts Harbor, NY.

1854, Sep Collision with schooner CONSUELO at Mackinaw.

1855, Oct Sprung leak, Detroit River.

1858, Apr Ashore Cleveland, OH, cargo pork.

1858, May Collided with schooner CLYDE, Lake Erie; damaged stem & head gear.

1860 Owned A.H. Hovey, Saracuse, NY.

1861, Jul Gale damage, Lake Ontario.

1863 Owned Cummings & Joyce, Oswego, NY.

1863, Jul Leaking Point Betsie, Lake Michigan, cargo wheat.

1863, Sep Aground Bois Blanc Island, Lake Huron.

1868 Readmeasured, 183.99 gross tons; US1084.

1868, Nov Accident in Welland Canal; propeller LAWRENCE crashed through gate & drove FORD through next gate; damage to bow, stern & midships.

1869, Nov Struck rock off Bar Point, Lake Erie; towed to Detroit, leaking badly.

1871 Owned L. Letts, Oswego, NY.

1871, Oct 24 Leaking, St. Catharines, ONT with wheat & corn.

1874, Nov 25 Wrecked in gale Port Maitland, ONT, Lake Erie; captain & 3 crew froze to death.

1875, May Repaired at Erie Basin.

1876 Owned Lock et al, Buffalo, NY; repaired.

1881 Owned M.W. Humphrey, Ashtabula, OH; towed by steamer RHODA STEWART in Alpena, MI & Cleveland, OH lumber trade.

1889 Owned William Sims, Port Huron.

1890, Nov 20 Documents surrendered, Port Huron; total loss.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Newspaper Clippings
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
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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FORD, AUGUSTUS (1853, Schooner)