AMERICA (1847, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1847
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Port Huron, MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
John W. Searles
Original Owner and Location:
John P. Phillips, Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Propulsion Notes:
32' sidewheels; lighted by "solar" gas.
Dimensions
Length:
240' 2"
Beam:
34'  2 1/2"
Depth:
13' 8"
Tonnage (old style):
1083 27/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Point Pelee Island, 600' N. of North Light.
Date:
5 Apr 1854
Final Depth:
7
How:
Stranded & wrecked ashore.
Notes:
Crew taken off by GRANITE STATE; attempts made to recover machinery & tackle.
History

1848, Apr 8 Enrolled Buffalo.

1848, Apr 21 Ran aground Mamajuda, 10 miles from Detroit.

1848 Ran Buffalo to Sandusky route until mid-June, then added to Chicago through end of season.

1848, Aug Broke a shaft, Cleveland for repairs.

1849-50 Returned to Buffalo-Sandusky Route.

1849, Apr Underwent renovations to cabins, & added 2 arches from bow to stern, over wheelhouse.

1850 Enrolled Cleveland.

1850, Apr Broke an engine.

1850, May Fire onboard, probably under boilers.

1850, Jul 31 Steampipe burst killing 8 passengers, 3 crew; 30+ injured.

1851-53 Buffalo-Cleveland Route.

1852, Jul 12 Collided with propeller CITY of OSWEGO & sunk, Fairport; 15 killed; Repaired Cleveland.

1852-53 Owned Lysander M. Cushing et al, Buffalo.

1853-54 Owned David S. Bennett, Buffalo.

1854, Jan 12 On rocks & scuttled in Dunkirk Harbor; raised & repaired Buffalo.

1854, Apr 5 Ran aground.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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