CHESAPEAKE (1838, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1838
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Maumee, OH
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
David R. Stebbins
Master Carpenter:
F. N. Jones
Original Owner and Location:
Jesse Smith et al, Maumee, OH
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
120 hp engine, St. Mary's Foundry, Montreal. 28' wheels.
Dimensions
Length:
172'
Beam:
24.5'
Depth:
10.1'
Tonnage (old style):
412 49/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
5 miles off Conneaut, OH.
Lake Erie.
Date:
9 Jun 1847
How:
Sunk
Final Cargo:
Dry goods, groceries.
Notes:
Collision with JOHN F. PORTER on a dark night; 13 of 97 people perished. May have been used as off shore gambling casino at the time. Engine later salvaged. 1847, Jun 23 Safe salvaged.
History

1838, May 5 Launched, one of first Lake Erie steamers to have a cabin; running Detroit, MI - Buffalo, NY connecting with Lake Erie ports.

1839 Carried 500 passengers.

1840 Chartered Reed Line, Chicago IL - Buffalo, NY; owned Jesse Smith & D. Howe, Cleveland, OH.

1840, Apr Broke shaft on Lake Erie.

1841, Apr Trial of Ohio coal for fuel.

1842, Jun 15 Arrived Chicago, IL; struck pier, wheel damaged.

1843 Owned Oren Smith et al.

1844, Apr Grounded near Buffalo.

Owned Burr, Higgins & Co., Sandusky, OH; connecting with Mansfield Sandusky Railroad; Troy & Erie Line.

1847 Owned D. M. Barney & Co., Sandusky.

1847, Jun 9 Sunk on Lake Erie in collision with JOHN F. PORTER.

1855, Jul 14 Located for salvage.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
F. E. Hamilton
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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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CHESAPEAKE (1838, Steamer)