CALIFORNIA (1846, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1846
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Kimberly & Pease, Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
18 x 34" engine, twin screw 8' wheels.
Dimensions
Length:
169.5'
Beam:
25.5'
Depth:
10.3'
Tonnage (old style):
420 26/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Mohawk Island Reef.
Lake Erie.
Date:
 Oct 1862
How:
Went ashore.
Notes:
Wrecked on reef, abandoned 1863.
History

1846, May 6 Enrolled Buffalo, largest propeller on Lakes; owned Kimberly & Pease, Buffalo; will run Buffalo & Chicago for Troy & Erie Line.

1846, Sep 19 Ashore Point Pelee; released.

1852 Operated by Union Steamboat Line, owned NY & Erie R.R. Co., on Buffalo & Chicago run.

1852, Sep 25 Sprang leak, put into Dunkirk with 4' water in hold.

1853 Dunkirk - Cleveland - Sandusky - Toledo run.

1857, Sep 14 Threw $20,000 worth cargo overboard in gale on Lake Michigan.

1859, Apr 7 For sale at Buffalo.

1863 Wrecked.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
Gerry Metzler
Mills List
Milwaukee Public Library
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
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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CALIFORNIA (1846, Propeller)