NIAGARA (1897, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1897
Official Number:
130738
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Note: Transverse framing & double bottom ballast; raised forecastle. Oak sheathed bottom to protect from rough rocks.
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
1
Hull Number:
121
Builder Name:
F.W. Wheeler & Co.
Original Owner and Location:
J. L. Crosthwaite, Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
17, 28 & 47 x 36", 800hp, 85rpm engine by Wheeler & Co, West Bay City, MI, 1897. 11 x 12', 170 pounds steam scotch boilers, Wickes Brothers, Saginaw, MI, 1897.
Dimensions
Length:
266'
Beam:
42.2'
Depth:
16.8'
Tonnage (gross):
1951
Tonnage (net):
1483
Capacity:
2500 tons
Final Disposition
Date:
  1997
How:
Scrapped.
History

1897 Owned M.H. Taylor et al, Buffalo, NY.

1897, May Launched.

1898, Apr Damaged her bows in Mackinac Straits, drydocked Detroit,

MI for repairs.

1898, Jun 10 Stranded Two Rivers Point, Lake Michigan.

1900 Owned M.H. Taylor, Erie, PA.

1903, Jun 8 Aground Seneca Shoal, Lake Erie, wheat laden.

1907 Owned Boland & Cornelius.

1910 Owned American Steamship Co, Buffalo.

1913, Sep 13 Aground Rattlesnake Island, Lake Erie.

1926 Shortened to canal size, 249.5 x 41.4 x 16.8', 1760 gross tons,

1324 net tons.

1927 Owned Gravel Products Co, Buffalo; reconstructed as sand dredge by Globe Ship Building Co, 1804 gross tons, 1304 net tons, 3 watertight bulkheads & 4 holds.

1957 Owned Buffalo Crushed Stone Corp, Buffalo.

1959 Re-engined, Cleveland GM diesel, 1230hp; owned Erie Sand Steamship Co, Erie, PA.

1976, Jun 18 Sailed through collapsed swing span of a Saginaw River

bridge, Bay City, MI.

1995, Oct Sold for scrap & towed to Port Colborne, ONT.

1996, Jun Towed back to Erie, PA.

1997 Scrapped.

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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NIAGARA (1897, Bulk Freighter)