MERIDA (1893, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1893
Official Number:
92514
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Hull Materials:
Steel
Number of Decks:
2
Hull Number:
95
Builder Name:
F.W. WHeeler
Original Owner and Location:
Whitney Transportation Co., Detroit, MI.
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Engine Type:
Triple Expansion
# Cylinders:
3
# Boilers:
3
# Propellers:
1
Propulsion Notes:
27, 37 + 62 x 44" stroke, 1700hp at 78rpm engine by Frontier Iron Works, Detroit, MI. 12 x 12.5', 168 pounds steam Scotch boilers by Wickes Brothers, Saginaw, MI. 14' x 17'6" propeller
Dimensions
Length:
360'
Beam:
45'
Depth:
20.66'
Tonnage (gross):
3261.44
Tonnage (net):
2609.83
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Off Wheatley, ONT.
Lake Erie.
Date:
20 Oct 1916
How:
Wrecked.
Final Cargo:
Iron ore.
Notes:
Bound Ft. William, ONT - Buffalo, NY, foundered in the "Black Friday Storm", 23 lives lost.
History

1893, May Launched at West Bay City, MI; built with engine amidships; to be used in the coal, ore & grain trade.

1893, Jun 17 Enrolled Detroit, MI.

1893, Oct Badly damaged in grounding, St. Mary's Island.

1896, May 27 Engine wrecked, Lake Huron, towed to Detroit; repaired by Frontier Iron Works; owned D. Whitmey, Jr, Detroit.

1897, Apr 19 Collision with barge CAHOON, St. Clair River at Port Huron, MI.

1898, Apr Hull cut through by ice in Straits, large amount of corn cargo wet, sold at loss.

1901 Owned Merida Steamship Co, Cleveland, OH.

1903 Owned Gilchrist Transportation Co, Cleveland.

1904 Rebuilt with pilot house forward & machinery aft, 360 x 45 x 25.6', 3329 gross / 2389 net tons.

1906, Jun 18 Collision with schooner ANTRIM, Duluth, MN, Lake Superior.

1907, Jun Collision with tug P.B. MCNAUGHTON, Buffalo.

1908, Jun 17 In collision with barge ANTRIM, Duluth Harbor, both vessels damaged.

1913 Owned Edgewater Steamship Co, Chicago.

1915 Owned Valley Camp Steamship Co, Cleveland.

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

MERIDA (1893, Bulk Freighter)
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MERIDA (1893, Bulk Freighter)