MERCHANT (1862, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1862
Official Number:
16332
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Iron
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
David Bell
Original Owner and Location:
J.C. & E.T. Evans, Buffalo
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
40" X 36" engine, 600 hp by David Bell Iron Works, Buffalo. 9' X 19' boiler, 50# steam. 10' diameter propeller.
Dimensions
Length:
189' 3"
Beam:
29' 2"
Depth:
13' 8"
Tonnage (old style):
720 61/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Racine Reef near Racine, WI.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
6 Oct 1875
How:
Wrecked.
Final Cargo:
Corn, flour, pork, flaxseed.
Notes:
Stranded & wrecked on reef due to navigational error. 1875, Nov Dismantled, abandoned. 1877, Aug Engine recovered - into A.L. HOPKINS (1880) US105973.
History

1862, Jul 12 Launched; ran Buffalo - Chicago.

1862, Aug 2 Enrolled Buffalo, NY; first iron merchant ship manufactured & built on Great Lakes; first cargo boat made to burn coal.

1868, Oct 11 Ashore in fog, Malden (Amherstburg), ONT, Detroit River.

1871 Owned Anchor Line.

1872 - 73 Rebuilt & lengthened 30', 220.6' X 29.4' X 12.9', 1068 gross tons, passenger cabins removed; Owned Erie & Western Transportation Co. (Anchor Line), Erie, PA.

1875, Oct 6 Stranded on Racine Reef, Racine, WI.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
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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MERCHANT (1862, Propeller)