NIAGARA (1872, Tug (Towboat))


Year of Build:
1872
Official Number:
18714
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Tug (Towboat)
Note: One of old style river tugs. Plain head & round stern.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Hull Number:
21
Builder Name:
Campbell & Owen
Master Carpenter:
S.R. Kirby
Original Owner and Location:
Campbell & Owen, Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
27 x 33" engine, Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI, 1872. 5.5 x 17' firebox boiler, Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, Michigan, 1872.
Dimensions
Length:
130'
Beam:
24.7'
Depth:
8.7'
Tonnage (gross):
276.87
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Knife Island, near Duluth, MN.
Lake Superior.
Date:
4 Jun 1904
How:
Wrecked.
GPS:
Latitude: 46 degrees 56' 42" Longitude: 91 degrees 45' 15"
Notes:
Ashore in heavy fog & wrecked; total loss Passengers & crew rescued by tug EDNA G. Machineries later salvaged by Whitney Brothers & were put into FRANK PERRY.
History

1872, May 25 First enrolled Detroit, MI.

1873, Jun 3 Raised schooners FRANCIS PALM & SWEETHEART.

1879, Apr 28 Owned Henry Esselstyn et al, Detroit.

1880 Towed barges MONTCALM, MONTBLANC, MONTMORENCY, REPUBLIC & MONTICELLO in Marquette, MI ore trade.

1881, Apr 20 183.05 net tons.

1883, Dec 8 Frozen in ice at Sault.

1887, Jan 10 Owned Benjamin Boutell, Bay City, MI.

1887, Sep 29 Ashore Charity Island, Lake Huron, due to smoke & fog from forest fire; released by PETER SMITH.

1889 Rebuilt; 130 x 24.8 x 12', 276 gross tons, 183 net tons, 1 scotch boiler, 13 x 13', 110 pounds, Thomas McGregor, Detroit, 1889.

1890 Re-engined; fore & aft compound engine, 24 & 44 x 36", 560hp,

82rpm, Frontier Iron Works, Detroit, 1890.

1890, Oct 16 Lost 4 pontoons in tow near Presque Isle, Lake Huron.

1896, Oct 10 Owned Saginaw Bay Towing Company, Bay City.

1899 Apr 12 Owned Frank Perry & Lewis A. Hall, Sault Ste Marie, MI.

1904, Jun 4 Stranded Knife Island, Lake Superior.

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

NIAGARA (1872, Tug (Towboat))
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NIAGARA (1872, Tug (Towboat))