CROSS, BELLE P. (1870, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1870
Official Number:
2719
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Trenton, MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Alvin A. Turner
Original Owner and Location:
David W. Whitney Jr., Detroit, MI.
Ownership Notes:
Whitney Transportation Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
Propulsion Notes:
26 x 32" engine, Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI; engine later into tug G. A. TOMLINSON (1895), later into MINNESOTA.
Dimensions
Length:
135'
Beam:
26.3'
Depth:
11.8'
Tonnage (gross):
298.76
Tonnage (net):
211.42
Capacity:
300,000 feet
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Danger Castle near Gooseberry Point, MN.
Lake Superior.
Date:
23 Apr 1903
Final Cargo:
Cedar posts.
GPS:
Latitude: 91degrees 26' 45' W Longitude: 47degrees 08' 45" N
Notes:
Went on reef in blinding blizzard gale, quickly broke up; cargo & machinery recovered. 1903, May 9 Documents surrendered.
History

1870, Jun 15 Ran Saginaw, MI - Ogdensburg, NY, towing barges.

1874 Repaired.

1874, May Machinery disabled at Detroit; repaired.

1875, May 8 Owned Philo E. Wright et al, Detroit.

1878, Aug 22 Damaged wheel, Lake Huron; received new wheel, Bay City, MI.

1880, Apr 7 Owned John A. Hamilton et al, E. Saginaw, MI.

1881, Jan 25 Owned Henry A. Hawgood et al, Milwaukee, WI.

1883 Major repair.

1883, Apr 19 Port Huron District; same owner, Bay City, MI; 298.76 gross / 211.42 net tons.

1884 Repaired.

1886, Nov 17 Grounded, China Beach, St. Clair River.

1888, Apr Rebuilt.

1889 Repaired.

1890, May 30 Fire damage, Buffalo, Lake Erie.

1891, Jun 16 Owned Hawgood & Avery Transit Co., Mantua, OH.

1894 Owned B. B. Inman, Duluth, MN; lumber & coal trade.

1894, Dec New boiler & 20 + 40 x 32 steeple compound engine.

1895, Jun 3 Capsized & sank with DUNCAN & BREWSTER MILL, 17 feet water.

1896 Recovered copper ignots at Isle Royale from CENTURION.

1897, May 26 Owned Gertrude O. Flynn, Duluth, MN; made a barge; 298.76 gross & net tons; used as lighter.

1899 Received engine from J. EMORY OWEN (1887).

1899, May 5 Owned John H. Clow, Duluth, MN.

1899, Jul 31 Owned John H. Clow & William H. Nicholson (Nicholson Transportation Co.), Duluth, MN; made a steamer for coal & lumber trade; 298.76 gross / 211.42 net tons.

1901 Rebuilt & reengined from machinery of BON VOYAGE (1891).

1902, Jun 3 Rebuilt at Superior Ship Building Co., 135 x 27.4 x 11.8; 427 gross / 305 net tons.

1903, Apr Chartered, Coolidge Fuel & Supply Co., Minneapolis, MN.

1903, Apr 29 Wrecked, Lake Superior.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Beesons Marine Directory
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
John O. Greenwood
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
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
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

CROSS, BELLE P. (1870, Steamer)
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