COMMERCE (1857, Brigantine)


Year of Build:
1857
Official Number:
4363
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Sandusky, OH
Vessel Type:
Brigantine
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Captain Daniel Dibble
Location of Original Owner:
Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
2
Dimensions
Length:
141.5'
Beam:
31.8'
Depth:
10.8'
Tonnage (old style):
426
Tonnage (gross):
327.43
Tonnage (net):
311.06
Final Disposition
Final Location:
1 mile north of Sheboygan, WI.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
16 Nov 1909
How:
Capsized & sunk
Final Cargo:
Hardwood lumber.
Notes:
Crew of 5, rescued by tug PETER REISS.
History

1857 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.

1857, Oct 16 Ashore Cedar Point, Lake Erie; lost fore & main topmasts.

1857, Oct 27 Towed to Buffalo, NY by propeller ECLIPSE.

1859 Dismasted, sails blown out near Saugeen, Lake Huron.

1859, Oct 7 Wrecked off Oswego, NY.

1860 Owned L.H. Pratt, Buffalo.

1863 Owned H.F. Merry & L.H. Pratt, Buffalo.

1866 Owned Winslow & Smith, Buffalo.

1870 Cleared Cleveland, OH with 2 locomotives for Marquette, MI.

1871 Owned Burton, Cleveland, OH.

1872 New deck.

1873 Owned Whitbeck & Co., Chicago, IL.

1879 Owned Giffney, Chicago.

1884 Owned A.G. VanSchaick, Chicago.

1887, Apr 12 Rebuilt at Sheboyban, WI as a schooner.

1887, May Lost main boom & sail, jib topsail, jib & forgaff topsail in gale on Lake Michigan.

1888 Recaulked, rebuilt.

1889 Owned Ed Mullen, Chicago.

1891 Rebuilt.

1895, Sep 27 Ashore at Seul Choix, Manistique, MI; released after Oct 16.

1899 Owned Eph Nelson, Chicago.

1901 Owned Ed Mullen, Cheboygan, MI

1904 Owned F.B. Higgie, Chicago.

1905 Owned George H. Flood, Chicago.

1905, Oct 21 Sank, Sandusky Bay inside Cedar Point, OH; later recovered.

1908 Rebuilt at Ship Owners Dry Dock, Chicago.

1909 Capsized off Sheboygan, WI.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Beesons Marine Directory
Great Lakes Register
John O. Greenwood
Inland Lloyds’ Marine Directory
List of Merchant Vessels of the United States
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
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

COMMERCE (1857, Brigantine)
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COMMERCE (1857, Brigantine)