SEAVERNS, J.S. (1880, Steambarge)


Year of Build:
1880
Official Number:
76152
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Saugatuck, MI
Vessel Type:
Steambarge
Note: Raised foc'sle & after-deck; pilothouse aft
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Ralph C. Brittain
Master Carpenter:
James Elliott
Built on Bottom of:
TUG JOHN P. WARD (1857)
Original Owner and Location:
Ralph C. Brittain, Saugatuck, Michigan
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
# Cylinders:
1
Propulsion Notes:
18 x 18", 80hp engine
Dimensions
Length:
116.3'
Beam:
22'
Depth:
7.8'
Tonnage (gross):
173.28
Tonnage (net):
145.02
Final Disposition
Final Location:
1 mile from Gros Gap, Lake Superior
Date:
12 May 1884
Final Depth:
45' - 117' ?
How:
Sank
Final Cargo:
45 passengers, 15 crew
Notes:
Struck rock & holed backing out of dock in Michipicoten Harbor Harbor, made for Blue Gap Harbor, but sank; passengers & crew escaped 1884-86 Raise attempts
History

1880, August Launched; carried fruit & lumber products to Lower

Michigan ports

1881, July Ran into Saugatuck piers, Michigan; damaged

1882, May 6 Owned R.C. Brittain, Saugatuck & Charles McVea, Ganges,

Michigan

1883, March Operated by Graham's Steamboat Line - Saugatuck to Douglas

1883, April 30 Owned R.C. Brittain, et.al., Saugatuck

1884, February Owned Walter Ross & Company, Port Arthur, Ontario

(or Sault Saint Marie, Ontario); rebuilt with full

cabins to accomodate 54+ passengers to run Chicago,

Lake Michigan to Port Arthur, Lake Superior

1884, April Bow iron plated

1884, May 1 To Lake Superior

1884, May 12 or 14 Sank

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

SEAVERNS, J.S. (1880, Steambarge)
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SEAVERNS, J.S. (1880, Steambarge)