MECOSTA (1888, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1888
Official Number:
91983
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Two stacks, diagonal steel straps on frames; steam pumps & steel boiler house
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
F.W. Wheeler & Co.
Master Carpenter:
Frank Wheeler
Original Owner and Location:
David Whitney, Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
3
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
19, 32 + 52 x 42", 750hp at 78rpm engine by Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit, MI. 10' x 11' at 150 pounds steam Scotch boilers by Dry Dock Engine Works, Detroit. 12' x 15' propeller.
Dimensions
Length:
281.7'
Beam:
40.6'
Depth:
20'
Tonnage (gross):
1776.27
Tonnage (net):
1418.32
Capacity:
3000 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
10 miles W 1/2 N from Cleveland Piers, OH.
Lake Erie.

Date:
29 Oct 1922
How:
Foundered.
Notes:
In tow of S.S. THOMAS MAYTHAM en route to Cleveland, OH, to be converted to barge; foundered near Cleveland.
History

1888, Mar Launched; for Duluth ore & grain trade.

1888, Apr 20 Enrolled Detroit.

1890, Apr 17 Owned Whitney Transportation Company, Hamtramck, MI.

1894 Towed ASHLAND.

1896, Mar 19 Converted to screw steamer; 2 masts.

1898, May 13 Collision with steamer OLYMPIA, Port Huron, MI.

1901, Jun 7 Owned Gilchrist Transportation Co, Vermillion, OH.

1916, Mar 1 Owned General Transit Co, Mentor, OH.

1919, Oct 30 Carried 30,915 bushels barley & 27,500 bushels rye.

1922 Engine & boiler removed Lorain, OH.

1922, Oct 29 Foundered near Cleveland, OH.

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

MECOSTA (1888, Bulk Freighter)
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MECOSTA (1888, Bulk Freighter)