MECHANIC (1848, Brigantine)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
John Dixon
Master Carpenter:
Benjamin Goodsell
Original Owner and Location:
Benjamin Goodsell & John E. Dixon, Detroit, MI.
Number of Masts:
124' 6"
26' 5"
10' 4"
Tonnage (old style):
312 26/95

1848, Apr Launched Oliver Newberry's Shipyard; enrolled Detroit.

1848, May 6 Enrolled Detroit.

1848, Oct Ran Detroit - Buffalo, NY & Chicago with staves & grain.

1850, Mar 27 Lying at Detroit, plans for San Francisco through Welland Canal.

1853, Nov 26 Aground Chicago, Lake Michigan with salt & iron.

1854, Aug Fore topsail & jibs lost in storm.

1855 Enrolled Chicago, IL.

1855, May 8 Dismasted, Lake Huron; large repairs; collision with schooner PERSEVERANCE, Point aux Barques.

1855, Sep Collision with schooner ARBUCKLE, Lake Erie.

1855, Nov Split sails, Lake Michigan; repaired South Manitou.

1856 - 65 Five enrollments Buffalo.

1857, Aug Aground Bois Blanc Island, Detroit River.

1858, Apr 12 Bound from Chicago with grain, driven ashore Milwaukee harbor.

1860 Owned R. Johnson, Buffalo.

1861, Nov Lost anchor & chains, Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie.

1862, Jul Collision, Lake Erie.

1863 Owned William O. Brown, Buffalo.

1863 - 1867 Three enrollments, Chicago.

1865 233 gross tons.

1866, Oct Aground Chicago with lumber; released.

1868 233.37 gross tons, owned Milwaukee.

1868, Dec 5 Sunk Racine harbor; rebuilt.

1871 Owned Birch, Bruce & Bliss, Racine, WI.

1871, Apr Collision with bark TWO FANNIES, St. Clair River.

1874, Jul Damaged in heavy weather, Lake Michigan.

1876, Jul Loaded at Muskegon for Quebec & Wexford, Ireland; collision with French craft in British Channel.

1876, Aug Arrived Cook Haven, Ireland; sold in Welsh port.

From the Collection of:
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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MECHANIC (1848, Brigantine)