BUFFALO (1851, Propeller)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
G.B. Waldbridge, et al, Buffalo, NY
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
# Propellers:
Propulsion Notes:
32" x 48" HPNC engine 19' x 98" boiler, 200 3" flues; 185# steam.
29'  1 1/2"
12' 2"
Tonnage (old style):
689 21/95

1851, Apr 26 Launched.

1851, May 6 Owned G.B. Waldbridge, et al, Buffalo.

1852, May 10 Largest cargo into Buffalo by steamer, 5,370 barrels flour from Cleveland.

1852, Jul 24 Broke down Lake Michigan; towed into Sheboygan.

1852, Sep 1 Largest load grain into Buffalo; 33,152 bushels oats & corn; total 550 tons.

1852, Nov 23 Towed disabled steamer SAM WARD Lake Erie Islands to Detroit.

1853, May 6 Collided with USS MICHIGAN on Lake Huron.

1854 Collided with barque INDIANA, St. Clair River.

1854, Nov 28 Collided with steamer FASHION, near Newport; FASHION sank almost instantly.

1855, Apr 27 Sold to American Transportation Co., Buffalo; Buffalo & Chicago run.

1857, Apr 22 Same owner; runs Buffalo, Chicago, Oswego & lower Lakes.

1860, Jul 19 Owned Wm. Williams, et al, Buffalo.

1860, Aug 3 Owned Chas. Ensign, Buffalo.

1861, Aug 24 Collided with steamer CLARA in Detroit River; CLARA sank at dock.

1861, Nov 1 Aground at Fighting Island, Detroit River; freed Nov 5.

1864, Apr 19 Owned Western Transportation Co., Buffalo; $27,000.

1865, Apr 18 Readmeasured 202 x 28.6 x 11.05'; 829 tons.

1866 Buffalo, Detroit, & Lake Michigan route; register US2655.

1871, Apr 10 Owned J.S. Noyes, et al, Buffalo; made steambarge.

1872, Sep 21 Ran aground with tow of barges; St. Clair Flats.

1874, Aug 31 Owned Amos Easton, Bay City.

1875, Apr 22 Owned F.W. Fifield, Waterford, MI.

1876 Owned P. Kane, Bay City.

1877, Aug 20 Barge; same dimensions & tonnage; owned E.J. Campbell, et al, Bay City.

1885 Unrigged barge.

1889 Probably abandoned 1889 or before.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Lytle List
Milwaukee Public Library
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
David Swayze Shipwreck Database
Peter J. VanderLinden
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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BUFFALO (1851, Propeller)