ANTELOPE (1861, Propeller)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Newport (Marine City), MI
Vessel Type:
Note: Passenger & freight may have been laid down as sidewheeler, completed as propeller plain head & round stern.
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
Joseph L. Wolverton
Original Owner and Location:
Eber W. Owens, St. Clair, MI
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
Low Pressure
# Cylinders:
# Propellers:
Propulsion Notes:
56" cylinder by 40" stroke engine from C. Kellogg Works, Detroit. Nine pumps. 2 - 9.5' diameter Philadelphia wheels.
Tonnage (old style):
600 83/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Few miles off Michigan Island.
Lake Superior.
Discovered September 2016.
7 Oct 1897
Foundered in heavy seas.
Final Cargo:
In tow of HIRAM W. SIBLEY, sprang leak in heavy sea & foundered; crew removed by SIBLEY, no lives lost.

1861 Enrolled Detroit, used in Buffalo to Chicago run.

1861, Aug 22 Maiden voyage Detroit to Chicago & back to Buffalo with 19,400 bushels wheat & 450 barrels flour.

1862, Aug 22 Enrolled Chicago, temporary document.

1863 Enrolled Chicago, IL.

1864 Readmeasured 201.6' x 31.7' x 12' 797 gross tons.

1866, Apr 13 Enrolled Chicago, owned E.W. Owens; 1' added to depth.

1866, Aug 21 Owned Albert G. Shonn, Racine, WI.

1867, Nov 8 Burned Buffalo, NY with cargo of flour & grain.

1868, Aug 29 Hull purchased by Ballentine & Crawford; rebuilt Clark's Dry Dock, Detroit MI, 915.19 tons. Returned to service May 10 1869.

1871 Owned Ballentine & Co., Detroit.

1875, May 7 Owned A.B. Moore, Bay City; James Ballentine, Chicago; Henry Ballentine, Saginaw; Edward F. Lawrence, Chicago.

1875 Owned Alexander B. Moore, West Bay City, MI; rebuilt as steam barge 201.6' x 317' x 12', 750.05 tons.

1878, Apr 20 Owned William T. Baker, Walter F. Cobb, Gordon G. Moore, Chicago, IL.

1879 Owned T. Baker, Chicago. Rebuilt 1876 & 1878 Chicago, IL.

1880, Mar 2 Owned Charles B. Curtis & John Lindsay, South Bay City, MI.

1880, May 1 Enrolled Port Huron.

1881 Went aground Colchester Reef, Lake Erie with cargo of coal; hung up on wrecked tug MAYFLOWER.

1881, May 12 Owned Port Huron; rebuilt, tonnage reduced 201.6' x 31.7' x 9', 750.05 gross tons.

1881, Nov Caught in storm, towing MANITOWOC, laden with coal. Both arches broken, smoke stack carried away, galley thrown into heap.

1882 Rebuilt as schooner barge; McGraw & Co., Bay City, MI; 186.8' x 32' x 12', 523.48 gross tons, 496.62 net tons.

1882, Apr 13 Owned C.B. Curtis, Bay City, MI.

1885, Aug Burned Saginaw.

1893, Apr Owned L.S. Boutell, Fred E. Boutell, & William H. Boutell, Bay City; schooner with three masts.

1893, Aug Laden with coal, crashed into Culver's dock, Duluth.

1896 Owned Fred E. & William H. Boutell, Bay City.

1897, Oct 7 Foundered.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Beesons Marine Directory
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
F. E. Hamilton
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
John E. Poole notes, Bowling Green State University
Loudon G. Wilson
Newspaper Clippings
Peter J. VanderLinden
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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ANTELOPE (1861, Propeller)