LANSDOWNE (1884, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))


Year of Build:
1884
Official Number:
88629
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Wyandotte, MI
Vessel Type:
Car Ferry (Rail Ferry)
Hull Materials:
Iron
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Detroit Dry Dock Co.
Master Carpenter:
W. O. Russell
Original Owner and Location:
Grand Trunk Rail Road Co., Windsor, ONT.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Engine Type:
Horizontal
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
50", 50" x 108", 1360hp, 17rpm engines, E. E. Gilbert & Sons, Montreal, QUE; 1872 from Canadian Car Ferry, MICHIGAN, 1873. 9' 3" x 14' firebox boiler, 55 pounds steam, Grand Trunk Rail Road Co., Montreal, 1884. 29' 5' diameter radial wheels, 22 buckets each.
Dimensions
Length:
294'
Beam:
41.3'
Depth:
13'
Tonnage (gross):
1571
Tonnage (net):
908
History

1884, May 11 Launched.

1884, Nov 28 Registered Windsor, ONT; designed by Frank E. Kirby; last active sidewheeler on Lakes.

1885, Jul 15 Collision with steamer CLARION while leaving Detroit dock; hit just forward of port wheel, slight damage.

1897, Apr 24 Collision with car ferry MICHIGAN, damaged port wheel, wheelhouse & 85 feet of upper works.

1897, Sep 25 Collision with ferry boat EXCELSIOR at Windsor in fog.

1898, Aug Collision with FORTUNE.

1899, Aug 6 Rammed by steamer W. B. MORLEY, both vessels sank.

1899, Aug 10 Raised by wrecker SAGINAW, Captain John S. Quinn, taken to Detroit Dry Dock Co. to repair 14 foot hole in her stern.

1904 Reboilered with 4 new boilers.

1912 After end pilothouse removed.

1930 Owned Grand Trunk Railroad Co., Montreal, QUE.

1962, Jul 30 Repaired, original pilot house from car ferry MICHIGAN, 1873, was removed.

1970, Jun 24 Port side engine's connecting rod broke, piston went through top of cylinder, knocking out forward end of port cabin; laid up at Windsor slip, wheelhouse dismantled, machinery decommissioned.

1971, Oct Her bridge super structure removed, cut up for scrap.

1982 - 83 Rebuilt as resturant, docked at Cobo Hall, Detroit.

1991 Resturant bankrupted, Closed.

1995 Towed to Lorain, OH for indeterminate lay up.

2005, Dec 25 Sank, Erie, PA dock.

2006, May 8 To be towed to Buffalo, NY on May 15th or 16th.

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

LANSDOWNE (1884, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))
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LANSDOWNE (1884, Car Ferry (Rail Ferry))