CHICAGO (1842, Propeller)


Year of Build:
1842
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Oswego, NY
Vessel Type:
Propeller
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Sylvester Doolittle
Original Owner:
Oswego Forwarding Co.
Ownership Notes:
Sylvester Doolittle, L. B. Crocker & Alvin Bronson.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
2
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
Ericsson
# Cylinders:
1
# Boilers:
1
# Propellers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
Ericsson propellers.
Dimensions
Length:
95'
Beam:
20' 2"
Depth:
8' 7"
Tonnage (old style):
151 7/95
Capacity:
150 tons
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Buffalo harbor, Buffalo, NY.
Lake Erie.
Date:
31 Jul 1849
How:
Burned.
Notes:
Burned to water's edge in early morning hours.
History

Second screw-propelled steamer on Upper Lakes; ran Oswego, NY - Chicago, IL with stops on Lakes Erie, Huron & Michigan; 60 cabin passengers; New York, Oswego & Chicago Line.

1842, May 27 Enrolled Oswego District as steam schooner.

1842, Jun 8 First voyage.

1842, Jun 22 Burned out some flues on Detroit River.

1842, Aug 2 Ran 22 miles in 2 hours 45 minutes.

1843, Nov Struck a reef near Mackinac.

1845, Jun 23 Enrolled Oswego District, owned Lucius B. Crocker & Alvin Bronson.

1846, Apr 1 Enrolled Oswego District; owned William J. Pardee, Alvin Bronson, & Lucius Crocker.

1846, Sep 17 Owned W.A. Adair, Cleveland, OH.

1847, May 12 Enrolled Detroit District; owned A. H. Geisse, Detroit, et al.

1848 Sailing Bufalo - Detroit in flour trade.

1849, Jul 30 Destroyed by fire, owned E. Weed & Co., Buffalo, NY; 151.07 tons.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
Inland Seas, Great Lakes Historical Society
Lytle List
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
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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CHICAGO (1842, Propeller)