First boat at Wyandotte by Detroit Dry Dock Co. after they bought the yard from Ward estate.
1879, Dec 23 Launched sideways; machinery in Jan 1880. Some claim 50" x 11', 1800hp engine was originally from Lake Champlain steamer UNITED STATES (1846) by Dunham & Co., New York, 1847; 2 boilers by Fletcher & Harrison, New York, rebuilt at Detroit for this vessel; wheels feathering Morgan type 23' x 9; fastest boat of its time, 19mph; cabins from ADIRONDACK; built for Mackinac Route; cost $146,000.
1880, May 22 Maiden voyage, record time nine miles in 24 minutes 35 seconds.
1881 - 82 Chartered to Lake Superior Transit for Detroit to Hancock run; Soo to Detroit 338 miles in 23.5 hours average speed 14.5 mph.
1881, Jun Wheels badly damaged by ice on Lake Superior.
1881, Sep 4 First boat through new Weitzel lock, Soo Canal.
1882 Ran Detroit to Mackinaw, MI; by Oct made 52 round trips.
1883 Detroit & Cleveland run.
1884 Put on Lake Huron Division, Detroit - Mackinac Island, with intermediate points.
1885, Apr 5 Renamed CITY OF ALPENA; ran St. Ignace, MI - Cleveland, OH.
1885, Sep 10 Collision with pier at Sand Beach, some damage.
1887, May Collision with barge TECUMSEH at Sand Beach; repaired, Detroit Dry Dock Co.
1892 Owned Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co.
1893 Renamed STATE of OHIO; ran Cleveland - Buffalo.
1895 - 96 Ran Chicago to St. Joseph & Benton Harbor in O'Connor Transportation Co.
1897 Accident to Machinery on Lake Erie.
1898, May 16 Crashed into dock at Lake Shore bridge, Chicago.
1898, Aug Chartered to replace MANITOU on run Chicago - Charlevoix, Harbor Springs & Mackinac Island.
1906, Sep 20 Aground on Rattlesnake Island near Put In Bay; released by FAVORITE Oct 16; towed to Detroit; repaired Toledo, OH.
1924, May 20 Burned at Cleveland, OH, Lake Erie; dismantled & made barge.
1929, Dec 17 Stranded & sunk at Lorain, OH, harbor.
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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