BALTIC (1847, Passenger Steamer)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Passenger Steamer
Note: Passenger vessel, 200 foot cabin, 62 staterooms, 5 steerage cabins.
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Banata & Bidwell
Master Carpenter:
Jacob W. Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Levi Tillotson & Franklin Kingman, Buffalo, NY.
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
Propulsion Notes:
35" x 8' stroke, high pressure engine from CONSTITUTION (1837). 30' paddle wheels.
30' 4"
12' 6"
Tonnage (old style):
825 27/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Long Point.
Lake Erie.
1 Oct 1872
Sunk in storm.
All hands lost (7). Broke from tug WM. A. MOORE in gale & foundered. 1873, Mar 8 Documents surrendered Detroit.

1846, Dec 12 Launched, Buffalo, NY.

1848, Jan 10 New boiler installed, new 600hp engine from J.D. Shepard Foundry, Buffalo, NY, & other improvements.

1848, Apr 12 Owned L.H. Pratt, et al, Buffalo, NY.

1850, Jul 29 Hit rock in Niagara River, ran to dock & sank; 700 - 800 excursion passengers safe.

1851, Apr 17 Owned Arthur Edwards et al, Trenton, MI.

1854, Aug 15 Stranded Middle Island Reef, Lake Huron.

1855 - 56 Cabins reduced, sidewheel & engine removed, two 26" x 3' vertical beam high pressure engines installed - driving 2 Whitaker wheels located about midship on each side with 1/3 of diameter submerged; called side prop.

1856, Mar 28 Owned Lake Erie Transportation Company, Buffalo, NY.

1860, Oct 9 Owned New York & Erie Bank & American Exchange Company, Buffalo, NY.

1860 - 62 Reported "Large Repairs", overhauled.

1861, Nov Aground Stoney Island near Malden, ONT; lightered & released.

1864, Jun 16 Owned Daniel G. McAlpine, Detroit, MI.

1864 Rebuilt with standard direct-acting engine & single propeller.

1864, Jul 1 Owned John Pridgeon, Detroit, MI.

1865, Aug 15 Rebuilt as barge (US31044), 224 x 30.2 x 12.2', 678.05 gross tons.

1866, Apr 18 Owned James M. Ballentine et al, Detroit, MI.

1872, Oct 1 Foundered & sank.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Peter J. VanderLinden
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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BALTIC (1847, Passenger Steamer)