NIAGARA (1845, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1845
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Hull Materials:
Wood
Builder Name:
Mason & Bidwell
Master Carpenter:
Jacob W. Banta
Original Owner and Location:
New York & Erie Railway Co., Erie, PA.
Ownership Notes:
C.N.Reed & Company, Erie.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
3
Propulsion Notes:
65 x 120" engine by Shepard Iron Works, Buffalo, NY. 30' wheels.
Dimensions
Length:
230'
Beam:
33.5'
Depth:
14'
Tonnage (old style):
1084
Final Disposition
Final Location:
1.5 miles off Port Washington, WI.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
24 Sep 1856
Final Depth:
55'
How:
Burned.
Final Cargo:
General freight & passengers.
Notes:
Bound Collingwood, ONT - Chicago, IL, more than 60 lost their lives.
History

Was the flagship of Reed Line, ran between Dunkirk, NY & Detroit, MI; later changed to Buffalo, NY & Chicago, IL.

1845, Jun 5 Launched.

1846, Nov 24 Aground, Erie, PA, Lake Erie.

1847 New engine, low pressure by Allaire.

1847, Sep 3 Ran onto rock reef, Bois Blanc Island, released.

1848, Apr 18 Ashore near Charlotte, NY.

1848, Apr Collision with schooner POLAND, St. Clair River; one life lost.

1849, Nov Damaged wheat at Chicago.

1851, Feb Repaired: new arches.

1851, Sep 15 Collision with schooner TRAVELER, Lake Michigan.

1851, Nov 29 Collided with brig A.L.BLOSSOM, Detroit River.

1853, Apr Struck rock at head of Lake Erie; repaired.

1854, Nov 7 Sprung leak on Lake Erie, returned, discharged & drydocked for repairs.

1855, May - 1856 Chartered Simcoe & Lake Huron Railway, ran between Collingwood, ONT & Chicago, IL.

1855, Sep Collision with steamer CATARACT, Niagara River, Lake Ontario.

1856, Sep 24 Burned off Port Washington, WI, Lake Erie.

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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NIAGARA (1845, Steamer)