ANN ARBOR #1 (1892, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))


Year of Build:
1892
Official Number:
106974
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Toledo, OH
Vessel Type:
Car Ferry (Rail Ferry)
Note: Diagonal-strapped hull, built of oak, bottom sheathed in metal for ice.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
55
Builder Name:
Craig Shipbuilding Co.
Master Carpenter:
Designed by Frank Kirby
Original Owner and Location:
Ann Arbor Railroad, Toledo, OH
Ownership Notes:
"Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Northern Michigan Railroad Co."
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Horizontal
# Cylinders:
2 each
# Boilers:
3
# Propellers:
3
Propulsion Notes:
3 - 20, & 40 x 36", 650 hp; compound condensing engines; built by Hodge, Detroit, 1892, 2 aft, 1 forward. 14' x 10', 125# steam Firebox boilers: 2 aft, 1 forward. 4 tracks, 24 rail cars, ran 14 mph.
Dimensions
Length:
260.4'
Beam:
53'
Depth:
14.7'
Tonnage (gross):
1128
Tonnage (net):
564
History

1892, Jun 10 Keel laid.

1892, Sep 28 Launched.

1892, Nov 24 Left first trip from Frankfort, MI to Kewaunee, WI.

1892, Nov 29 Went ashore about 15 miles north of Kewaunee, WI due to fog on first return trip, carrying 6 railroad cars of apples.

1896 Forward engine & screw removed, forward stack removed.

1908 Rebuilt Milwaukee or Manitowoc Dry Dock Co.

1910, Mar 8 Burned Chicago & Northwestern carferry slip at Manitowoc, WI with 20 loaded railroad cars lumber & other cargo.

1911, Jun 9 Considered hazard to navigation, was raised by L.D. Smith Wrecking Co. & taken to Muskegon.

1911 Made unpowered sand scow for Love Construction Co.

1912, Oct "Barge #1" given spars and sails Reiboldt & Wolter Shipyard; owned Johnson & Rasch.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Great Lakes News
Great Lakes Register
John O. Greenwood
Inland Lloyds’ Marine Directory
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
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

ANN ARBOR #1 (1892, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))
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ANN ARBOR #1 (1892, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))