BERNARD, LOTTA (1869, Steambarge)


Year of Build:
1869
Official Number:
15635
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Port Clinton, OH
Vessel Type:
Steambarge
Note: Shallow-draft river version of early steambarge.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Lewis M. Jackson
Master Carpenter:
Josh B. Davis
Original Owner and Location:
S.W. Dorsey, et al, Sandusky, OH
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Crosshead
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
22 x 60" engine built by Klotz & Kramer, Sandusky, OH. 7" wrought iron shaft, 19' wheels 4 1/2' wide. 6'4" x 16', 120 # steam boiler.
Dimensions
Length:
117'
Beam:
24.6'
Depth:
6.7'
Tonnage (gross):
147
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Encampment Island.
Lake Superior.
Date:
29 Oct 1874
Final Depth:
400'
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
Flour, 60 kegs fish, 1 horse.
Notes:
Foundered six miles off shore, crew reached shore in yawl, two men lost when Mackinac boat capsized, cook died of exhaustion on shore. 1874, Dec 31 Duluth District, document surrendered.
History

1869, Sep 9 Launched, chartered to Northern Transportation Co. to carry cordwood, Portage River - Put-in-Bay to Cleveland for their steamers.

1865, Nov 5 Owned S.W. Dorsey, et al.

1870, Apr 1 Owned Luman H. Tenney , contracted to haul building material from Bark Bay, WI-Duluth for the first grain elevator.

1871, Mar 1 Owned John D. Howard, Superior WI.

1871, Nov 17 Torn from dock in storm Grand Marais & blown ashore. Damage to hull, rudder, paddlewheel & boiler; refloated taken to Duluth.

1872, Nov 28 Beached west of piers, Ontongagon, MI; broke rudder chains in snowstorm, cargo flour, feed & grain.

1873, May Released & taken for repairs.

1874, Oct 29 Foundered.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Inland Seas, Great Lakes Historical Society
C. Patrick Labadie
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Newspaper Clippings
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Peter J. VanderLinden
Richard J. Wright, Bowling Green State University
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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