BROOKS, J. W. (1851, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1851
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Canaller.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
William Gooding
Original Owner and Location:
Joshua Kelsey et al, Detroit, MI
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
1
Dimensions
Length:
135' 9"
Beam:
25' 3"
Depth:
9' 9"
Tonnage (old style):
312 45/95
Capacity:
350 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
8 miles NE False Ducks light.
Lake Ontario.
Date:
4 Nov 1856
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
Provisions & copper ingots.
Notes:
Foundered & sank in gale; 23 lives lost. 1857 Cargo recovered, wreck recovered by Calvin Co.; rebuilt at Garden Island as a sidewheel tug, WILLIAM (1860).
History

1851, May 6 Vessel launched; traded Ogdensburg & Cape Vincent, NY -Upper Lakes ports.

1851, Jul 25 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1851, Sep 27 Damaged in gale; towed to Buffalo, NY.

1853, Aug 8 Enrolled Detroit; owned William Cole.

1853, Fall Owned Northern Transportation Co., Cleveland, OH; Chamberlain & Crawford; ran Ogdensburg - Lake Erie & Lake Michigan ports.

1854 Machinery broke down on Lake Erie; repaired.

1855, May Ashore near Long Point, Lake Erie; released & repaired Ogdensburg.

1855, Jul 9 Boiler explosion off Ashtabula, Lake Erie; 3 lives lost.

1855, Aug 23 Enrolled Ogdensburg, NY; owned Northern Transportation Co., Geo. Eddy, agent.

1856, Nov 3 Foundered & sank.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Burton Collection
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Emerson H. Knack
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
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

BROOKS, J. W. (1851, Propeller)
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BROOKS, J. W. (1851, Propeller)