CITY OF BUFFALO (1857, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1857
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Passengers & freight; 4 bulkheads. Similar to WESTERN METROPOLIS (1856). 5' iron band, stem to stern; two hogging arches.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Michigan Southern Railway Co., Detroit, MI.
Ownership Notes:
Enrollment #94 issued Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
4
Propulsion Notes:
38' wheels, 10' paddles, 76" x 144" stroke engine built by Morgan Iron Works, New York, reportedly from NORTHERN INDIANA(1852).
Dimensions
Length:
331'
Beam:
40'
Depth:
15.6'
Tonnage (old style):
2,026
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Buffalo, NY.
Lake Erie.
Date:
31 Jul 1866
How:
Burned.
History

1857, Jul 25 Maiden voyage, sailed for just a month.

1858 Did not sail due to Depression.

1859 Resumed passenger / freight service, Buffalo to Toledo & Detroit.

1859, Jun 13 Struck tug MARIA MARTIN in Cleveland Harbor, Lake Erie.

1861, Sep Withdrawn from service & laid up for season at Monroe, MI.

1862 Retired from passenger service.

1863 / 64, Winter Converted to propeller by new owner, E.S. Prosser & Co., Buffalo; measured 329 x 40.6 x 13.4', 1,742 tons as high pressure engine built by R.H. Dunham & Co., New York.

1865 Readmeasured 1,976 gross tons.

1865, Oct 11 Grounded on Stoney Island Reef, no damage.

1866, Jul 31 Caught fire at Sturgis Elevator, Buffalo, Lake Erie; burned to water line; hull may have been used as undocumented barge.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
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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