FREE STATE (1856, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1856
Official Number:
9157
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Western Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Dimensions
Length:
196'
Beam:
13.6'
Depth:
13'
Tonnage (old style):
768 27/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Gray's Reef, 10 miles west Wougoschance Point.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
30 Sep 1871
How:
Grounded on White Shoals & broke up.
Final Cargo:
Oats, wheat, flour & broom corn.
Notes:
Outbound from Chicago, grounded at White Shoals & broke up.
History

1856 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; ran Buffalo - Chicago, IL.

1857, Oct Broke shaft near Manitou Islands, Lake Michigan; repaired Buffalo.

1861 Rebuilt.

1861, Sep 5 Collision with schooner BEAVER on Detroit River.

1861, Sep 29 Lost rudder, ran on Buffalo breakwater; released.

1863, Sep 15 Aground Detroit River wtih propeller COMET.

1866, Sep Aground Colchester Reef, Lake Erie; released; large repairs.

1866 New fore & aft compound engine installed; 949.44 gross tons.

1870, May 10 Beached above Port Huron after leak.

1870, Aug 17 Sank scow C.G. MEISEL in collision at Amherstburg, ONT; 2 lives lost.

1870, Sep 1 Sank steam barge JENNIE BRISCOE at Grosse Isle, Detroit River, one life lost.

1871, Jun Machinery disabled at Mackinaw, Lake Huron.

1871, Sep 30 Wrecked, Lake Michigan.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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FREE STATE (1856, Propeller)