LADY ELGIN (1851, Steamer)


Year of Build:
1851
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Steamer
Note: Two stacks, square stern, scroll head. Upper works from A.D.PATCHIN. Built of white oak with frames with iron reinforcements to carry 200 cabin passengers, 100 deck passengers & 43 crew.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Bidwell & Banta
Master Carpenter:
Jacob W. Banta
Original Owner and Location:
Aaron D. Patchin et al., Buffalo, NY.
Ownership Notes:
Captain Gilman Appleby, Buffalo.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
Propulsion Notes:
32' diameter wheels 350hp engine, Bidwell, Banta & Co., Buffalo, NY. Machinery from CLEOPATRA.
Dimensions
Length:
252'
Beam:
32' 8"
Depth:
13'
Tonnage (old style):
1037.78
Capacity:
800 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Winnetka, IL.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
7 Sep 1860
How:
Collision.
Final Cargo:
Passengers.
Notes:
Collided with schooner AUGUSTA in darkness & heavy weather, went to the bottom from a hole in her engine room; 282 lives lost. Wreck located in 1989.
History

1851, Nov 5 First enrolled Buffalo, NY.

1852, Feb 24 Scheduled to run between Buffalo & Wisconsin ports.

1852, May 18 Damaged in collision with schooner FLORENCE on Lake Erie.

1852, Jun 1 Owned New York & Erie Railroad Co., to run between Detroit, MI & Dunkirk, NY.

1853, Spring New engine & other improvements.

1853, May 10 To run Buffalo & Chicago, IL.

1853, May 24 Owned Thaddeus W. Patching, Buffalo.

1854 1 low pressure engine, 54 x 132"; 2 low pressure boilers, 25.5 x

8'; 39 pounds, 1854.

1854, early Sep Sunk after struck rock at Manitowoc, WI, Lake Michigan; repaired.

1855 Ran Collingwood, ONT & Chicago.

1855, Feb 9 Chartered Ontario, Superior & Union Railroad.

1855, May 4 Owned Aaron D. Patchin, Buffalo.

1855, Sep 24 Towed to Chicago after accident to machinery.

1856, Oct 24 Ashore Manitou Island, Lake Michigan; released.

1856, May 16 Owned Albert T. Spencer, Chicago.

1857, Oct 30 Damaged by fire.

1858, Jun 24 Struck reef at Copper Harbor, MI.

1858, Aug Stranded Au Sable Point Reef, Lake Superior.

1859, Mar 25 Refitted & refurnished; to run Chicago & Lake Superior ports.

1859, Oct 23 Broke her crosshead beam on Lake Superior, towed to Marquette, MI for repairs.

1859, Nov Broke her crank pin near Point Iroquois, MI, taken in tow by steamer SEA BIRD.

1860, Jul 6 Owned Gordon L. Hubbard, Chicago; 231' x 31'8" x 11'7"; 818 53/95 tons old style.

1860, Sep 7 Sunk in collision by schooner AUGUSTA off Winnetka.

1860, Dec 22 Owner filed suit against AUGUSTA for incident.

1894, Jun 13 Boiler discovered by dredging crew at foot of Addison Street, Chicago.

1989 Wreck located.

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

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