COLORADO (1867, Package Freighter)


Year of Build:
1867
Official Number:
4267
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Buffalo, NY
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Note: Passenger propeller; sister ship NEBRASKA; 2 stacks; plain head & round stern; largest propellers at the time.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Mason & Bidwell
Master Carpenter:
Charles Bidwell
Original Owner and Location:
Ensign & Co., Buffalo, NY.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
2
Dimensions
Length:
254.6'
Beam:
35'
Depth:
13'
Tonnage (gross):
1470
Tonnage (net):
1321
Capacity:
87,580+ bushels oats.
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sawtooth Reef, near Eagle River, MI.
Lake Superior.
Date:
19 Sep 1898
How:
Stranded in smoke from forest fires.
Final Cargo:
Flour.
Notes:
Cargo saved. 1898, Sep 21 Given up as total loss. 1898, Sep 23 Broken up by storm.
History

1867, Nov 23 Holed near Milwaukee, WI; beached.

1867 - 70 Ran Buffalo, Milwaukee, & Chicago for Commercial Line Steamers.

1870 - 73 Ran Buffalo, Milwaukee & Chicago line for Union Steamboat Co.

1873, Nov 4 Ashore Sleeping Bear Point, Lake Michigan.

1876 Repaired.

1877, Apr 14 Left Union Steamboat Co.

1877, May 5 Collided with & sank schooner R.J. GIBBS, Port Huron, MI.

1878 Ran Buffalo, Milwaukee, & Chicago for Commercial Line Steamers.

1878, Nov Aground Lime Kiln Crossing, Detroit River; released.

1881 Major repairs.

1883, Oct 1 Boiler explosion; several killed.

1884, Mar 29 Owned Capt. Maytham, Buffalo.

1884, May 10 Owned Donaldson Bros.

1884 Repaired from explosion; new engines & boilers; altered to carry bulk as well as package freight; 2 steeple engines: 20 & 36 x 36"; 2 fire box(?) boilers: 8' x 14", Stearns Manufacturing Co., Erie, PA.

1884, Sep 3 Owned Peter Miller et al, Buffalo, NY.

1884, Oct Ran for Ward's Detroit line doing flour trade.

1885, Aug 6 Broke cylinder off Long Point, Lake Erie.

1886, Mar Repaired Mill's Drydock, Buffalo; ran Green Bay & Chicago for Lackawanna & Green Bay Line.

1887, Apr 1 Owned W.F. Botsford & Co., Port Huron; ran Duluth & Port Huron with DEAN RICHMOND.

1888, May 18 Struck ice; stove hole in bow.

1889, Fall Ashore near Grand Haven, MI; both arches broken.

1889, Sep 11 Repaired Chicago.

1890, Spring Flour trade, Sarnia & W. Superior.

1890, Nov 22 Aground upper end of Lake George flats, St. Mary's River.

1891, Mar 29 Repaired Port Huron.

1891, May 6 Grounded Neebish, MI.

1891, May 16 Repaired Detroit, MI.

1892, Jun 5 Stranded in fog on southeast end of Thunder Bay Island; released.

1893, May 26 Ashore near Gladstone, MI.

1894, Nov 21 Aground off Whitefish, MI.

1898, Sep 19 Stranded Sawtooth Reef, near Eagle River, MI.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Burton Collection
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Peter J. VanderLinden
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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COLORADO (1867, Package Freighter)