KEYSTONE STATE (1849, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1849
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: 2 stacks. Dining room, 16 x 230'; 70 large staterooms.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Charles M. Reed, Erie, PA.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
500hp engine, 65" cylinder, 10' stroke.
Dimensions
Length:
288'
Beam:
35'
Depth:
14'
Tonnage (gross):
1354
Capacity:
800 passengers, 6000 barrels flour
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Port Austin, MI.
Lake Huron.
Date:
10 Nov 1861
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
Passengers, hardware.
Notes:
Bound Milwaukee - Detroit, foundered in storm; 33 lives lost.
History

1848, Nov 11 Launched, 2nd largest boat on Lakes.

1849 Enrolled Presque Isle; ran Buffalo, NY - Chicago, IL & Sandusky; Reed's Line.

1849, Oct Damaged in gale, Lake Michigan.

1850, Jun 8 Collision with scow COMFORT ANN off Rocky River, OH.

1851, Aug 15 Excursion to Put-in-Bay, OH.

1851, Dec 17 Ran Detroit, MI - Buffalo & Dunkirk with 3,500 barrels flour, 1,000 dressed hogs; frozen in at Malden, ONT.

1853, Oct 10 Boiler explosion lower Detroit River; towed to Detroit by MAYFLOWER for repair.

1855 Ran Collingwood, ONT - Sault Ste. Marie & Chicago, IL.

1856 - 60 Laid up.

1861 Ran Detroit - Milwaukee; enrolled Buffalo.

1861, Oct 30 Stranded Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron; owned G. Ritter et al, Buffalo.

1861, Nov 9 Foundered Lake Huron above Port Austin, MI; 33 lost.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
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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KEYSTONE STATE (1849, Steamer)