AMAZON (1873, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1873
Official Number:
105252
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Trenton, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Freight & passenger steamer.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
A.A. Turner
Original Owner and Location:
Northwestern Transportation Co., Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
4
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
Engines built Cuyahoga Iron Works, Cleveland, OH; 20 x 40 x 36". Boilers 7 1/2 x 17 feet. Engines went to M.M. DRAKE(1882) & SUSAN E. PECK(1886).
Dimensions
Length:
230'
Beam:
39.8'
Depth:
19.8'
Tonnage (gross):
1406.87
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Grand Haven, MI.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
29 Oct 1879
How:
Wrecked.
Final Cargo:
900 tons flour & merchandise
Notes:
Total loss; 68 aboard; no lives lost; engines recovered. Vessel stranded & abandoned. Machinery recovered 1880 by Capt. John Green.
History

Cost $125,000.

Built for ore & grain trades; largest wooden vessel on lakes.

1873, Jun 20 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1873, Nov 4 Ashore with 2 barges North Manitou Island, Lake Michigan.

1874, Jun Salvaged by LEVIATHAN; repaired at Clark Dry Dock, Detroit.

1876 Fitted with improved accommodations.

1878 Cabin extended, added 6 staterooms.

1881, Jun 30 Wrecked.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Emerson H. Knack
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
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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AMAZON (1873, Propeller)