CHICAGO (1855, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1855
Official Number:
4266
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
American Transportation Co., Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
38 x 3.5", low pressure oscillating engine, S. Shepard, Buffalo, NY. Boiler 10' x 19.5'
Dimensions
Length:
197' 10"
Beam:
31' 3"
Depth:
12' 11"
Tonnage (old style):
758 43/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Near North Fox Island.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
25 Aug 1882
How:
Burned.
Final Cargo:
640 tons coal.
Notes:
Bound for Chicago, caught fire & burned to water's edge.
History

1854, Sep 4 Launched; largest propeller now afloat; accomodates 150 passengers, ran Buffalo, NY - Chicago, IL.

1855, Sep 29 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.

1857 New York & Erie Railroad Fast Freight Line.

1860, Apr 3 Owned William Williams, Buffalo, et al.

1860, May 11 Owned Dean Richmond, Batavia, NY; Upper Lake Line Milwaukee - Sheboygan - Roane - Chicago.

1862 Repaired.

1863 New arches.

1865, May 5 Readmeasured; 198.3 x 31.7 x 11.4'; 935.64 gross tons.

1867, Apr 25 Owned Sheldon Pease, Buffalo, NY.

1870, Apr 14 Owned Western Transportation Co., Tonawanda, NY.

1871 New decks.

1872, May 13 Holed by ice & sunk with flour & merchandise 3 miles off Point Abino, Lake Erie; raised May 20.

1872, Dec Grounded at Racine, WI piers.

1879, May 14 Owned Charles H. Lane, et al, Saginaw, MI; given MOHAWK's boiler, converted to steam barge, 719.84 gross tons.

1880 In Lake Superior Lumber Trade.

1882, Aug 24 Burned.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Lytle List
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
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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