ALGONQUIN (1839, Schooner)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Lorain, OH
Vessel Type:
Note: Scroll head & square stern.
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
George Washington Jones
Original Owner and Location:
Cyrus Mendenhall, Managing Owner, Cleveland, OH
Ownership Notes:
With J.S. Converse, W.A. Converse, Jas A. Converse, and Samuel Richardson of the Cleveland North Western Lake Company.
Number of Masts:
Propulsion Notes:
Gaff-rigged schooner with two masts, carrying gaff topsails and two jibs.
55' 4"
18' 2"
6' 8"
Tonnage (old style):
54 59/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Quebec Pier in Superior, WI.
Lake Superior.
Abandoned & stripped.
Hull purchased by John A. Barson to be used for a steam yacht, broken up by vandals for souvenirs. Remains were still visible in the 1890s.

1839 Enrolled Cleveland, OH.

1839-40 First large vessel to be pulled over portage at Sault Ste. Marie(some sources say 1845).

1840 Enrolled Michilimackinac; tonnage 56 59/95.

1840s Carried first mass boulder of copper from Ontonagon to Sault.

Carried first samples of Lake Superior iron ore.

Carried supplies to build Fort Wilkins at Copper Harbor.

Helped salvage steamer INDEPENDENCE at Ashland, WI.

1848 Enrolled Sault Ste. Marie; owned Sheldon McKnight.

1852 Rescued passengers/crew from wrecked steamer MONTICELLO, Keweenaw Point.

1853, Nov 17 Enrolled Michilimackinac; owned Hugh McCullock, William Spalding, & Charles Childs all of Sault Ste. Marie.

1853, Dec 17 Enrolled Michilimackinac; owned James Carson & Henry Close, Ontonagon County.

1854, Jun 1 Owned J.T. Whiting & J.D. Angus.

1855, Jul 19 Owned & mastered by A. Davidson.

1857 Reportedly chartered by Capt. J.J. Hibbard; carried supplies to Burlington Bay, N. Lake Superior.

1858 Carried lumber from Iron River to Superior, WI.

1858 Fall Damaged by fire at Superior.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Inland Seas, Great Lakes Historical Society
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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ALGONQUIN (1839, Schooner)