COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER (1893, Whaleback)


Year of Build:
1893
Official Number:
126952
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
W. Superior, WI
Vessel Type:
Whaleback
Note: Excursion steamer.
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
3
Hull Number:
128
Builder Name:
American Steel Barge Co.
Original Owner and Location:
Columbia Whaleback Steam Ship Co., New York, NY.
Ownership Notes:
Alex McDougal, General Manager.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
6
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
28, 42 & 70" x 42", 3042hp at 95rpm engine, S.F. Hodge Iron Works. 11'2" x 12', 170#, Cleveland Ship Building Co.
Dimensions
Length:
362'
Beam:
42'
Depth:
24'
Tonnage (gross):
1511.05
Tonnage (net):
945.95
Capacity:
5000 passengers
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Manitowoc, WI. Lake Michigan
Date:
  1936
How:
Scrapped by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.
History

Built for World's Excursion, Chicago, IL; only passenger whaleback ever built; carried 2 million passengers first year; once carried 6,300 passengers before 1898; ran Chicago - Jackson Park with Sunday trips to Milwaukee, WI; traveled 20 mph; called "marriage ship of the Lakes".

1892, Dec 3 Launched.

1894 - 97 Harrison Line, Chicago, IL; ran opposite Goodrich's VIRGINIA to Milwaukee, WI.

1898 Owned Chicago & Milwaukee Transportation Co.; chartered to Goodrich; rebuilt with fourth deck.

1902 Made 72 round trips carrying 18,500 passengers Chicago - Milwaukee.

1906, Apr 6 Owned Chicago & Milwaukee Transportation Co., Milwaukee.

1909, Jun 11 Goodrich Transit Co., Milwaukee.

1917, Jun 30 Damaged by collapse of water tower, Milwaukee; 17 lives lost.

1929 Laid up at Manitowoc, WI.

1933, Aug 15 Owned William F. Price, Chicago.

1934, Aug 17 Owned Chriscarala Corp., Duluth, MN.

1936 Scrapped Manitowoc, WI; metal sold to Japan.

1937, Nov 16 Documents surrendered.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
American Bureau of Shipping
Donald V. Baut
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Great Lakes Register
Inland Seas, Great Lakes Historical Society
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Scanner, Toronto Marine Historical Society
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

COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER (1893, Whaleback)
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COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER (1893, Whaleback)