CHARTER (1848, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1848
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Huron, OH
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Frederick D. Ketchum
Original Owner and Location:
Chipman P. Turner & Henry P. Smith, Black Rock & Tonawanda, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Dimensions
Length:
131' 11"
Beam:
20'  2 3/4"
Depth:
7' 9"
Tonnage (old style):
197 64/95
Capacity:
350 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
6 miles from Fairport, OH.
Lake Erie.
Date:
20 Aug 1856
How:
Foundered during storm.
Final Cargo:
Grain & flour.
Notes:
Bound Cleveland, OH to Buffalo, NY; crew rescued.
History

1849, Jun 6 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.

1851 Ran Buffalo to Dunkirk.

1851, Oct Collided with steamer COLUMBIA, Lake Erie.

1852 Ran Buffalo to Pt. Stanley, ONT.

1852, Aug 21 Stranded off Mentor, OH, Lake Erie.

1853, Mar 22 Rebuilt as propeller by Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo, NY; 131'11" x 25'5" x 7'9"; 241 86/95 tons; no mast; owned Watson A. Fox, Buffalo.

1853, Summer Towing log rafts on Lake Erie, also passenger & freight service Buffalo - Ashtabula, OH.

1854, Dec Ran for Buffalo & Brantford Railroad.

1856, Apr Owned American Transportation Co.(Lake Erie Line).

1856, Aug 20 Wrecked.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
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
Loudon G. Wilson
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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CHARTER (1848, Steamer)