CITY OF TRAVERSE (1871, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1871
Official Number:
5928
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Note: Passenger & freight.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
Thomas Quayle & Masters
Original Owner and Location:
Hannah, Lay & Co., Traverse City, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
1
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Steeple Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
24 & 44 x 56, 72rpm engine, Cuyahoga Iron Works, Cleveland, OH. (1871). 6.5 x 171, 80# firebox boilers, Cuyahoga Iron Works, Cleveland (1871).
Dimensions
Length:
214.5'
Beam:
33.2'
Depth:
12.8'
Tonnage (gross):
1153.33
Tonnage (net):
925.98
Capacity:
640,000' lumber
History

1871, Mar 10 Launched.

1871, Apr 24 Trial trip.

1871, Apr 26 Enrolled Cleveland, OH; owned Chicago, IL; ran Chicago & Milwaukee - Traverse City, MI; cost $85,000; 75 passenger capacity.

1871 Had 23 trips to Chicago carrying 12,639,950 feet lumber, 600 bushels grain, 1,040 passengers.

1871, May 24 Grand Haven District.

1872 Grounded St. Clair flats.

1876 1182 gross tons.

1877 Triweekly trips Chicago - Traverse City.

1882 Stops at Frankfort on Chicago - Traverse City run.

1884 Broke down off Racine.

1887, May 24 Rebuilt; steel arches, 225 passenger capacity; owned Leopold & Australian, Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transportation Co., Chicago, IL; cost $65,000; Ran Chicago - Duluth with PEERLESS & JAY GOULD; also ran Chicago - Mackinaw Island, MI.

1887, Nov New crank pin.

1889 Semiweekly trips to Mackinaw Island; carried lumber Ashland & Washburn - Chicago.

1889, Sep Damaged by heavy seas, losing rudder.

1891 Biweekly runs Chicago - Duluth, MN.

1892, Aug Broke down near Grand Island, Lake Superior; towed Marquette, MI.

1893, Jun Aground on Lin Shoal, north side of Bois Blanc Island.

1894, Aug 10 Collision with OTEGO at Duluth.

1896, Apr 13 Duluth District; same owners.

1897 Chartered by Graham & Morton for winter run Chicago - Milwaukee, WI.

1897 Superior Transportation Co., ran Chicago - Lake Superior.

1898, Feb 26 Stuck in ice at St. Joseph, MI.

1898, Apr Chartered to Graham & Morton, Lake Superior Line.

1899 New rudder.

1901 Bottom calked.

1905, Jun 15 Owned Stephen Jones, Chicago gambling syndicate; used as floating poolroom offshore Chicago with wireless to transmit racing returns.

1907, Sep 25 Owned Graham & Morton, Chicago.

1909, Oct 10 Collision with Wells St. Bridge, Chicago, damaging cabins; reduced to package freighter.

1912 Dismantled St Joseph, MI; made floating dry dock.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Ed Middleton
Newspaper Clippings
Marine Directory, R. L. Polk Co., Detroit
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
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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CITY OF TRAVERSE (1871, Propeller)