MAPLE LEAF (1851, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1851
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Kingston, ONT
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Sloop rigged.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
John Counter
Master Carpenter:
George Thurston
Original Owner:
Donald Bethune & Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
52 x 132" engine from the SOVERIGN, formerly the NIAGARA (1840) & rebuilt to increase power at the Kingston Foundry. 27 foot sidewheels.
Dimensions
Length:
173.2'
Beam:
24.7'
Depth:
18.6'
Tonnage (old style):
398
Final Disposition
Final Location:
St. Johns River, off Mandarin Point, 11.2 miles upstream from Jacksonville, FL.
Date:
31 Mar 1864
Final Depth:
3.5 fathoms at high tide
How:
Sank.
Notes:
Struck a Confederate topedo (mine) Location: Section 26, Township 4S, Range 26E, Duval County, FL. Wreck owned by U.S. Government. 1864, Apr 2 Set afire by the Confederates. 1889-1890 As a hazard to navigation, various parts removed by Roderick G. Ross
History

1851, Jun 18 Launched; ran Hamilton - Montreal.

1851, Sep 19 First trial voyage.

1854, Jul New engine, Kingston Foundry.

1855 - 1859 Owned Lake Ontario International Steamboat Co, Rochester, NY, maintained in Canadian registry, ran Charlotte - Toronto.

1856 Damaged in heavy ice & repaired at Ogdensburg, NY.

1858, Oct 14 Seized by the U.S. Marshall at Charlotte, NY, for debts.

1859, Jan - Feb Owned George Whitney, Rochester, NY; ran Charlotte - Port Hope.

1859 - 1862 Owned George Schofield.

1859, Sep Overhauled at Port Dalhousie, ONT.

1862 - 1864 Owned Charles Spear, J.H. Lang, Boston, MA.

1862, Aug 14 Owned John Lang & Delano, Boston.

1862 Went to coast, chartered as a transport to the U.S. Quartermasters Department until April 1864.

1862, Mar 17 Adrift in freshet at Charlotte, Lake Ontario; recovered.

1863 Out of registry; to the coast.

1864, Mar 31 Hit a Confederate torpedo (mine) & sank.

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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MAPLE LEAF (1851, Steamer)