CHALLENGE (1852, Schooner)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Manitowoc, WI
Vessel Type:
Note: Clipper-built.
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Builder Name:
William Bates & Son
Original Owner and Location:
Platt & Bros., Manitowoc, WI
Number of Masts:
85' 10"
22' 5"
6'  6 1/2"
Tonnage (old style):
110 31/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
12 miles S. Sheboygan, WI.
Lake Michigan.
5 Sep 1910
Reported leaking for several days, beached near Sheboygan to save her, but broken up by heavy seas; crew rescued; sold to farmer L. Ingelse $10 & used as firewood. 1910, Sep Documents surrendered. 1951 Wreckage found at Black River, WI.

1852, May Launched.

1853, Apr 12 Ashore N of Chicago, IL, released & towed to Chicago by steamer ARTIC.

1854, May 16 Owned Gideon Truesdell et. al., Kenosha, WI.

1857, Aug 22 Owned Alfred Ackerman, Chicago.

1859, Jan 22 Owned George W. Read, Kenosha, WI.

1861, Mar 6 Owned Asahel Faff, Kenosha, & Horace D. Moore, Newark, MI.

1863, Apr 27 Owned A. Campbell, Chicago.

1864, Feb 24 Owned Peter Nelson, Chicago.

1865 Rebuilt; 68.41 gross tons.

1865, Jul 11 Owned William Kuhn, Chicago.

1866 Owned Brown et. al., Chicago.

1866, Nov 20 Owned L. Sterling, Chicago.

1871 Owned Capt. Kelley, Chicago.

1874, Jul 7 Enrolled Grand Haven, MI.

1874, Sep 17 Owned L. Sterling, Ludington, MI.

1879 Not insurable.

1880, Oct 8 Owned George Stray et. al.

1881 Rebuilt 82 x 22.6 x 7; 87.07 gross / 82.72 net tons; coarse freight.

1882, Mar 13 Owned J. G. Cheyne, Milwaukee, WI.

1888, Apr 23 Owned Cheyne & C.W. Perry, Pierport, WI.

1889, Mar 13 Owned Perry & Edw. S. Valentine, Milwaukee.

1893, Jan 4 Owned J.E. Jacobson, Milwaukee.

1894, Apr 11 Edw. W. Drake, Milwaukee.

1901, Dec Aground on reef at Baileys Harbor, WI.

1902, Sep 24 Owned Frank G. Bigelow, Milwaukee.

1905, Dec 28 Owned Bernard Larson.

1906, Jan 2 Owned E. B. Mattoon, Sheboygan, WI.

1908, Mar 18 Owned Martin Carlson, Sheboygan.

1910, Jan 17 Owned John O'Brien, Chicago; reported later years as purchased from George Leberman.

1910, Jul 8 Struck bridge at Sheboygan.

1910, Sep 5 Wrecked.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Newspaper Clippings
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
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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CHALLENGE (1852, Schooner)