ALBERTA (1883, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1883
Official Number:
85765
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Whiteinch, SCOTLAND
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Carried 200 cabin passengers & up to 300 in steerage; six bulkheads.
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
136
Builder Name:
Chas. Connell & Co.
Original Owner and Location:
Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Montreal, QUE
Ownership Notes:
Cost approximately $300,000.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
Propeller 13'6" diameter 21' pitch. Engine: 35 & 70 x 48", 1225 hp, built by D. Rowan & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. Boilers: 14'x 12'3", 100#, built as above.
Dimensions
Length:
263'
Beam:
38'
Depth:
23'
Tonnage (gross):
1893
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Indiana Harbor, IN.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
  1947
How:
Scrapped.
History

1883, Sep 10 Sailed from Glasgow for Montreal with coal. Cut in half to pass Welland Canal, rejoined at Buffalo, NY. No cabins. Makeshift pilot house. These were added at Port Colborne. Steam steering, electric lights.

1883 Involved in 5 collisions. Ran Owen Sound to Port Arthur, ONT.

1884 Collision, sunk propeller PACIFIC, cargo lumber, St. Mary's Rivers.

1884 Collision CAMPANA near Sault Ste. Marie. Called "terror of the lakes" Duluth Tribune. "20th collision of season" Chicago Tribune.

1884, Jul 27 Collision, sunk JOHN M. OSBORN, Lake Superior 3.5 miles from Whitefish Pt., 1-5 lives lost.

1892 Struck ice floe, lost 3 wheel flanges, lost 1 life.

1893 Rescued crew of SERVIA after it burned, Lake Superior.

1893 Slight storm damage.

1895 Windsor to Lakehead summer season route.

1897, Feb/Mar Bow rebuilt, turtleback forecastle, raised, pilothouse added.

1910 Sent to Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. Lengthened 309'.7"; 2829 gross /2377 net tons.

1912 Owen Sound to Port McNicoll route.

1913 At Western Dry Dock and Shipping Co. Ltd, Port Arthur. New compound engine 30, 64 & 48". Two new Scotch boilers 14'x11'.

1915 New smoking rooms added.

1916 In freight service.

1939-1943 Packaged freight, bagged flour and feed. Port McNicoll to Milwaukee & Chicago route.

1944 Laid up, Port McNicoll, 60 years old.

1946 Owned American Machine Co., Jacksonville, FL. Towed to Chicago, funnel & spars stripped.

1947 Towed to Indiana Harbor & scrapped.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Door County Historical Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes Register
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
Scanner, Toronto Marine Historical Society
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
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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