AURORA (1887, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1887
Official Number:
106493
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Murphy & Miller
Original Owner and Location:
John Corrigan et al, Cleveland, OH
Ownership Notes:
Aurora Mining Co.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
4
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
21, 38 + 61 x 42" engine from Cleveland Ship Building Co., 1600hp @85rpm; 2 13 x 14', #160 scotch boilers.
Dimensions
Length:
290'
Beam:
41'
Depth:
22.4'
Tonnage (gross):
2282
Tonnage (net):
1859
Capacity:
3,000 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Ferrysburg, MI. Lake Michigan
Date:
  1932
How:
Burned.
History

Largest craft on the Lakes when built; cost $150,000.

1887, Aug 23 Launched Cleveland, OH.

1887, Sep 26 Enrolled Cleveland, owned John Corrigan & Xenopjon C. Scott.

1889, Mar 30 Home port changed to Fairport.

1890, Jun 23 Enrolled Port Huron, owned John Stevens, Detroit 2159 96/95 tons.

1892, Nov Ashore Blind River, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

1894 Released from Drummond Island, MI, Lake Huron.

1897, Dec 25 Ashore near Port Huron, MI.

1898, Apr 6 Towed schooner NORTHWEST; latter sunk by ice in Straits, with 76,600 bushels corn.

1898, Dec 12 Burned to water's edge Bois Blanc in Detroit River; had been fast in ice Amherstburg, ONT; crew saved.

1899 Owned John Corrigan, Fairport; 317'x 42'x 25', 2282 gross tons, 1809 net tons.

1900 Rebuilt Marine City, MI by Alex Anderson as barge; machinery into barge AUSTRALIA in 1901, 290' x 41' x 21.5', 2236 gross, 2181 net tons.

1900, Jul 17 Enrolled Erie, PA, owners et al.

1900, Aug 29 Owned E.D.Carter & C. Neilson, Sandusky et al.

1901, Oct 23 Enrolled Erie, PA; owned E.D. Cartier, Erie, PA.

1901, Nov 27 Enrolled Detroit, MI; owned Henry Wineman Dr., Detroit & Philip Neilsen, Sandusky, OH.

1902, Sep 23 Enrolled Detroit; owned Henry Wineman Jr.; 1 deck, 3 masts.

1915, May 18 Enrolled Cleveland, OH; owned Pringle Barge Line Co., Lake Co., OH.

1916, Jan 31 Enrolled Chicago, IL; owned Morton Salt Co., Robert K. Warner, sec.; capacity 2156.96 tons.

1927 Laid up Chicago, IL.

1932 Burned Ferrysburg, MI.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Great Lakes Register
C. Patrick Labadie
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
Ralph K. Roberts
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

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