COMET (1859, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1859
Official Number:
4353
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport (Marine City), MI
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Eber Brock Ward
Master Carpenter:
R.C. Cornwall
Original Owner and Location:
Eber Brock Ward, Newport (Marine City), MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Propulsion Notes:
36" x 10" engine with 26' wheels from Atlantic Coast Steamer, rebuilt by Detroit Locomotive Works; later into CORONA.
Dimensions
Length:
155.3'
Beam:
24.6'
Depth:
9.7'
Tonnage (old style):
350 80/95
Final Disposition
Date:
  1883
How:
Abandoned.
History

J. L. Wolverton also listed as builder.

1859, Oct Launched as COASTER; to run Cleveland - Buffalo.

1860, Mar Owned Albert E. Goodrich, Chicago, IL; renamed COMET.

1860 / 61, Winter Refurbished for Lake Michigan trade with bulkheads dividing 4 compartments.

1861 Ran Chicago - Two Rivers, WI - Keewaunee & Wolf River biweekly.

1864 Ran Chicago - Manitowoc, WI.

1864 Mar 8 Broke piston rod; repaired Milwaukee, WI.

1864, Nov Chartered by U.S. Quartermaster Department with SUMBEAM to transport troops to Port Washington where draft riots broke out.

1865 Readmeasured 275 gross tons.

1865 Ran Chicago - Manitowoc.

1865, Jun Ran Houghton - Hancock, MI, Lake Superior; repaired.

1865, Jul Ashore Washington Island, Lake Michigan; repaired Manitowoc.

1866 Ran Chicago - Two Rivers; occasionally Grand Haven or Muskegon.

1867 Ran Chicago - Muskegon, MI.

1867, Nov Rebuilt by Rand, Manitowoc; lengthened 20 - 25', increase depth by 1 foot

1868 Typical cargo of 5000 - 8000 baskets peaches.

1869 Ran Chicago - to St. Joseph, MI.

1870, Jul Engine removed into CORONA; converted to barge, 230 gross tons; owned Simeon Cobb, Detroit, MI.

1873 385 gross tons; same owner, Chicago.

1875, Aug 16 Refitted as floating hospital off Chicago.

1869, Nov Dismantled; made barge, US125091.

1883 Abandoned due to age.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
C. Patrick Labadie
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Peter J. VanderLinden
Loudon G. Wilson
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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