WILSON, THOMAS (1892, Whaleback)


Year of Build:
1892
Official Number:
145616
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Superior, WI
Vessel Type:
Whaleback
Note: Hold beams, double bottoms, 2 watertight bulkheads, steam pump system, conoidal head & stern
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
1
Hull Number:
119
Builder Name:
American Steel Barge Company
Original Owner and Location:
American Steel Barge Company, Buffalo, New York
Ownership Notes:
Alex McDougall, manager
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
0
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
20, 32 + 54 x 42" engine, 1256hp at 76rpm by Hodge Works, Detroit, Michigan (1892) 10'7" x 13' scotch boilers, 160 pounds steam by Lake Erie Boiler Works, Buffalo, New York (1892)
Dimensions
Length:
308'
Beam:
38'
Depth:
24'
Tonnage (gross):
1713
Tonnage (net):
1318.39
Capacity:
3,000 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Duluth, Minnesota
Date:
7 Jun 1902
Notes:
Rammed & sunk by steamer GEORGE G. HADLEY; 9 of 20 lives lost 1902 Salvage efforts unsuccessful 1939 Second salvage attempts unsuccessful
History

1892, April 4 Enrolled Marquette, Michigan; 19th whaleback & largest

at that time

1892, April 30 Launched; wheat & coal carrier, Duluth, Minnesota to

Buffalo, New York

1892, July 11 New propeller following grounding

1892, August Largest cargo 2,646 tons iron ore

1893, May 11 Downbound with whaleback barge NO.101 in tow, she

collided with whaleback barge NO.115 in tow of COLGATE

near Two Harbors

1896, October Aground opposite Star Line dock

1897, August 28 Aground Stag Island

1900, March 22 Owned Bessemer Steamship Company, West Virginia;

Joseph B. Cotton, Duluth, Minnesota, vice president

1901, June 3 Owned Pittsburg Steamship Company, West Virginia;

A.B. Wolvin, Duluth vice-president

1902, June 7 Sunk, Lake Superior

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

WILSON, THOMAS (1892, Whaleback)
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WILSON, THOMAS (1892, Whaleback)