BRITTAIN, R.C. (1877, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1877
Official Number:
110327
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Saugatuck, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Freight & passenger; 50 passenger berths.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
James L. Elliott
Original Owner and Location:
Ralph C. Brittain, Saugatuck, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
Propulsion Notes:
Engine No 50; 20" x 22" HPNC engine, Henry Bloecker, Grand Haven, MI. Propeller wheel measured 6' x 10'.
Dimensions
Length:
105.2'
Beam:
22'
Depth:
8'
Tonnage (gross):
286.04
Capacity:
500 tons.
Final Disposition
Date:
  1935
How:
Removed from Sarnia Bay & scuttled in Lake Huron.
History

1877, Jun 7 Launched; to run Chicago - St. Joseph - Saugatuck - Holland; cargo fruit, lumber & passengers.

1877, Aug 23 Enrolled Grand Haven, MI.

1877, Oct Collision with bark NAIAD, Chicago River.

1878, Mar 15 Change district to Waukegan.

1878, May Change to Saugatuck District.

1878, Sep Collision with tree, lost topmast; several small accidents.

1879 Quickest trip Chicago - Saugatuck, MI (7h 40min.).

1879, Oct 24 Lost rudder shoe; repaired Chicago, IL.

1879 - 80 Rebuilt as steambarge at James Elliott Yard; 174.47 gross tons.

1880 Sold to Covell & Staples, Whitehall, MI.

1880, Mar 25 Owned Peter D. Campbell et al, Whitehall.

1881, May 24 Rebuilt; lengthened 142.2, 200.17 gross / 148 net tons; Chicago - Muskegon - Whithall; cargo passengers, lumber & salt.

1883, Apr Extensive repairs to boilers & machinery.

1883, Nov Lost 60,000 of deck load near Whitehall.

1886 Extensive repairs.

1887, Jul 25 Owned George Morley, Detroit, MI; reconditioned that winter, including new boiler.

1889, May 11 Owned William Peter, Toledo, OH.

1890, May 29 Owned Alvin Peter, Toledo; Lake Huron coal & lumber trade.

1897, Oct 20 Owned Theobald Emig, Marine City, MI.

1899, Sep 16 Owned William Scott, Wallaceburg, ONT, C100125; 142.2 x 24 x 8'; 213 gross / 149 net tons.

1900, Jun Sunk at Toledo; repaired Sarnia, ONT.

1900, Oct 16 Heavily laden with lumber, driven ashore in gale; stranded Ottawa Point, East Tawas, MI; released days later.

1907 Retired; laid up at Sarnia, ONT.

1912 Burned in Sarnia Bay.

1935 Removed & scuttled in Lake Huron.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Emerson H. Knack
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
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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BRITTAIN, R.C. (1877, Propeller)