COMET (1857, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1857
Official Number:
5683
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Peck & Masters
Original Owner and Location:
New York Central Railway Co., Batavia, Genessee Co., NY
Ownership Notes:
Dean Richmond, President
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
24 x 36" vertical engines by Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Co., Cleveland, OH
Dimensions
Length:
181.2'
Beam:
29'
Depth:
13.3'
Tonnage (old style):
621.90
Final Disposition
Final Location:
7 miles SE Whitefish Pt. Whitefish Bay
Lake Superior
Date:
26 Aug 1875
How:
collision
Final Cargo:
ores, pig iron, sacks of wool
Notes:
Collision with MANITOBA sinking both; 11 of 21 lives lost; both vessels found to be equally at fault 1884. 1980 wreckage lockated
History

Sister to ROCKET; cost $40,000

1857 Apr launched

1857 May 19 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; ran Buffalo, NY to Green Bay, WI connecting with Chicago, IL

1859 Upper deck cabins added for passenger accomodations.

1860 Owned Central Railway Line, T.D. dole; readmeasured 744.16 gross tons; ran Lake Superior Route, Escanaba to Marquette, MI.

1860 October Struck obstruction near Sister Island; later that month dismasted during storm on Lake Erie.

1861 Owned Lake Transoportatiion Co., Captain Whetmore, Buffalo, NY.

1862 Owned New York Central Railway Line

1863 Collision at mouth of River near Stoney Island; sunk and raised; rebuilt Cleveland, OH.

1864 March Cylinder head & piston rod broken off Sheboygan, WI.

1865 May 19 Owned T.D. Dole, Central Railway Line.

1865 May 31 Driven on reef off Port Washington, WI; scuttled 18 feet water; raised; rebuilt Milwaukee, WI.

1866 Owned Buffalo & Green Bay Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY

1867 March Collision at Toledo, OH; sunk & raised; repaired Detroit.

1867 November Owned David M. Kelley; Kelley & Co., Green Bay, WI; ran Fox River Line connecting Buffalo to Green Bay.

1868 Owned D.M. Kelly Co., Cleveland, OH; US 5863

1869 August 13 Collision with Canadian steamer SILVER SPRAY off Port Huron; slight damage.

1869 October 25 Collision with propeller HUNTER near Fighting Island 8 miles below Detroit, MI on Detroit River; both sunk due to signal confusion; cargo of 15,000 bushels wheat, 1,630 barrels flour, 750 sacks feed; both repaired.

1871 Owned Land & River Transportation Co., Green Bay, WI

1871 August 19 Collision with scow MARIA in St Clair River near St Clair, MI

1873 June Owned Hanna & Co., Cleveland, OH for iron ore trade; ran Cleveland to Marquette in Lake Superior trade.

1873-1874 winter Rebuilt; 11 round trips to Lake Superior in 1874.

1875 Owned Hart & Co.

1875 August 26 Sunk in collision with MANITOBA Lake Superior.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Gerry Metzler
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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COMET (1857, Propeller)