DIX, USRC JOHN A. (1865, Revenue Cutter)
Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Tonawanda, NY
Vessel Type:
Revenue Cutter
Hull Materials:
Builder Name:
James Murphy
Original Owner:
U.S. Revenue Cutter Service
Ownership Notes:
HAM notes builder as James D. Leary.
Engine Type:
Vertical Beam (Walking Beam)
Propulsion Notes:
48 x 108" engine; J. Murphy Iron Works, NY.
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
Engines to PENNSYLVANIA (US150813) in 1899.

1865, Jul 28 Launched.

1865, Nov 6 Ordered to Detroit, MI.

1866, Jun 6 Headquarted Sault Ste. Marie, MI until 1872.

1866 Grounded Lake Superior; released.

1872, Apr Deemed unseaworthy; board of examiners recommend Secretary of Treasury condemn her.

1872, Jun 27 Sold Detroit.

1872, Sep 5 Owned E.B. Ward, Detroit, MI.

1872, Nov 14 Cut adrift tow barges SATURN & JUPITER near Whitefish Point, Lake Superior during storm; all hands lost on barges.

1873, May 31 Owned E.B. Ward, et al, Detroit.

1873, Sep 12 Collided with propeller RUSSIA in Detroit River.

1874 Petoskey & Mackinac route.

1875, Jul Damaged in collision with pier Whitehall, MI; towed to Milwaukee for repairs.

1875, Jul 17 Owned Michael Englemann, Milwaukee.

1875 Frankfort & Grand Haven, MI route.

1876, Jun 20 Rebuilt as passenger steamer; 172.8 x 27.6 x 10.8'; 529.61 gross / 310 net tons; 1 deck; 1 mast; Milwaukee & Manistee route.

1876, Aug Grounded Manistee River; passengers tendered ashore by barge WM. CRIPPEN.

1878, Mar 22 Owned Michael Englemann & Otto Kitzinger, Milwaukee.

1878, Apr Hit, sank brig EXPRESS mid-lake Michigan in dense fog.

1878, Sep Caught fire at dock, Milwaukee; sunk to save hull; 1 death.

1879, Nov Sank in Manistee River; refloated.

1880, Jan Rebuilt by Wolf & Davidson, Milwaukee.

1880, Apr 1 Owned M. Englemann, et al; Manistee, MI.

1880 Ludington, Milwaukee & Manistee route.

1882 Milwaukee & Manistee route.

1882, Aug 4 Owned David M. Cochrane, Manistee, & John H. Sanderson, Milwaukee.

1884 Chicago excursion trade.

1885 St. Joseph, MI & Chicago route.

1886, May Converted to Chicago excursion trade.

1887, May 24 Owned David M. Cochrane, Manistee & Mrs. Sarah E.M. Wescott, Milwaukee.

1887 Laid up at Sandwich after marshall's sale following towing loss on Saginaw River.

1892, May 17 Owned David M. Cochrane et al, Chicago.

1892 Operated by World's Fair Steamship Co. in passenger traffic for Chicago World's Fair.

1895, Aug Collided with whaleback CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS at Chicago river mouth.

1896, Jun 23 Document surrendered Chicago district; vessel laid up; undocumented.

1898, Jun Owned Detroit Dry Dock Co.

1898, Jul 6 Hull burned Lake St. Clair off Grosse Pointe, MI; beached.

1898 Scrapped.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Newspaper Clippings
Loudon G. Wilson
William MacDonald Collection, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
F. E. Hamilton
Gerry Metzler
Great Lakes Register
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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DIX, USRC JOHN A. (1865, Revenue Cutter)