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  • Leonard J. Barr II Collection
    GroupImageShip       Leonard J. Barr II of St. Clair, Michigan, worked in the finance industry by profession, but his passion was preserving Great Lakes shipping history with an emphasis of the 20th Century. His collection consists of approximately 9000 vessel photographs, negatives, slides, and glass plates, as well as hundreds of books, ...
    GroupImageShip     Leonard J. Barr II of St. Clair, Michigan, worked in the finance industry by profession, but his passion was preserving Great Lakes shipping history with an emphasis of the 20th ...
  • ROMEO (1845, Steamer)
    Ship       Other Names: PHEATT, I.T.; Official No.: 56314; Final Date: 10 Sep 1869; Dimensions (LBD): 100' x 22' x 8' ; 1845, Jul 29 Launched; ran Detroit, MI - Mt. Clemens, MI. 1847, May Ran Buffalo, NY - Chippewa, formerly ran Detroit - Toledo, OH. 1847, Jun Collided with steamer LOUISIANA, ...
    Ship     Other Names: PHEATT, I.T.; Official No.: 56314; Final Date: 10 Sep 1869; Dimensions (LBD): 100' x 22' x 8' ; 1845, Jul 29 Launched; ran Detroit, MI - Mt. Clemens, ...
  • GENERAL LYON (1862, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Official No.: 10631; Final Date: 1878; 1862 June 20 Enrolled Sandusky, Ohio 1864 Sunk North Bay, Point au Pelee; raised 1865 Readmeasured 38.29 tons 1868 US 10631 1877 38.27 gross tons; 61.1 x 14.3 x 5.9' HPNC 13 X 20" engine; 1 locomotive boiler 4 x 9 by N. Moor, ...
    Ship     Official No.: 10631; Final Date: 1878; 1862 June 20 Enrolled Sandusky, Ohio 1864 Sunk North Bay, Point au Pelee; raised 1865 Readmeasured 38.29 tons 1868 US 10631 1877 38.27 gross ...
  • GENERAL BURNSIDE (1863, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Other Names: REID, JAMES; Official No.: 10234; Final Date: 10 Jun 1887; Dimensions (LBD): 87' x 17.3' x 8.3' ; 1863 August 15 Enrolled Sandusky, Ohio; used as patrolling vessel on the lakes during Civil War 1866 August 13 Readmeasured 80.6 x 16.9 x 07.7 65.93 gross tons 1866 October ...
    Ship     Other Names: REID, JAMES; Official No.: 10234; Final Date: 10 Jun 1887; Dimensions (LBD): 87' x 17.3' x 8.3' ; 1863 August 15 Enrolled Sandusky, Ohio; used as patrolling vessel ...
  • TIFFT, GEORGE W. (1852, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Official No.: 10317; Final Date: 1881; Dimensions (LBD): 75' x 16' 4" x 7' 3" ; 1852 Employed in wrecking & log raft towing, Lake Erie. 1853, Sep (1854, Jun 3) Owned Merchant Mutual Insurance Co., Milwaukee, WI; vessel towing in & out of port. 1857, Apr Large repairs. 1858, ...
    Ship     Official No.: 10317; Final Date: 1881; Dimensions (LBD): 75' x 16' 4" x 7' 3" ; 1852 Employed in wrecking & log raft towing, Lake Erie. 1853, Sep (1854, Jun ...
  • WILBUR, JOHN B. (1867, Schooner)
    Ship       Official No.: 13480; Dimensions (LBD): 163' x 31' x 11.6' ; 1867, Feb 16 Launched 1867 Enrolled, Sandusky, OH 1871 Owned Lockwood, et al, Huron, OH 1881, Feb Owned Jesse Spalding 1889, Aug Towed by S. K. MARTIN 1899, Jun Towed by H. L. WORTHINGTON 1899, Sep Towed with consort ...
    Ship     Official No.: 13480; Dimensions (LBD): 163' x 31' x 11.6' ; 1867, Feb 16 Launched 1867 Enrolled, Sandusky, OH 1871 Owned Lockwood, et al, Huron, OH 1881, Feb Owned Jesse ...
  • WARD, A.B. (1866, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Official No.: 381; Dimensions (LBD): 60' x 14' x 7' ; 1868 30.67 tons 1871 Owned Bowman & Crawford 1876 Owned J.A. Crawford, Chicago, Illinois 1879 Owned at Grand Haven, Michigan 1881, August 20 Sunk in boiler explosion, stern towing barge GEORGE W. ADAMS in Chicago River; 3 killed; repaired ...
    Ship     Official No.: 381; Dimensions (LBD): 60' x 14' x 7' ; 1868 30.67 tons 1871 Owned Bowman & Crawford 1876 Owned J.A. Crawford, Chicago, Illinois 1879 Owned at Grand Haven, ...
  • WILDS, ALICE E. (1883, Propeller)
    Ship       Official No.: 106170; Final Date: 12 Jun 1892; Dimensions (LBD): 136' x 28.3' x 10.8' ; 1883, June 14 Enrolled at Detroit, Michigan 1890, March 1 Owned Barney Wilds, Detroit 1892, June 20 Documents surrendered at Detroit, "total loss of vessel" DOUGLAS later found to be responsible for collision & ...
    Ship     Official No.: 106170; Final Date: 12 Jun 1892; Dimensions (LBD): 136' x 28.3' x 10.8' ; 1883, June 14 Enrolled at Detroit, Michigan 1890, March 1 Owned Barney Wilds, Detroit ...
  • PARNELL, CHARLES S. (1881, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Official No.: 125908; Final Date: 1908; Dimensions (LBD): 57' x 14' x 7' ; 1885 Enrolled Tonawanda, NY. 1899 Owned Adam Hastman. Unknown date Owned Great Lakes Towing Co. 1904 Owned Loran Dredging Co. 1908 Abandoned or dismantled.
    Ship     Official No.: 125908; Final Date: 1908; Dimensions (LBD): 57' x 14' x 7' ; 1885 Enrolled Tonawanda, NY. 1899 Owned Adam Hastman. Unknown date Owned Great Lakes Towing Co. 1904 ...
  • Schooner SEA BIRD in Thunder Bay River
    ImageShip       "Schooner SEABIRD Loading below 9th Street. Footbridge & Morse Mill at Dam, June 13, 1888"
    ImageShip     "Schooner SEABIRD Loading below 9th Street. Footbridge & Morse Mill at Dam, June 13, 1888"
  • PIONEER (1825, Steamer)
    Ship       Final Date: 9 Jul 1834; Dimensions (LBD): 98' x 16' 9" x 8.5' ; 1825, August On maiden voyage to Detroit from Buffalo 1825, November Aground at Grand River, Lake Erie; released & repaired 1829, October Sunk at Black Rock in collision; raised & repaired 1830, May 3 In collision ...
    Ship     Final Date: 9 Jul 1834; Dimensions (LBD): 98' x 16' 9" x 8.5' ; 1825, August On maiden voyage to Detroit from Buffalo 1825, November Aground at Grand River, Lake ...
  • GRECIAN (1864, Steamer)
    Ship       Final Date: 18 May 1869; Dimensions (LBD): 177' x 27' x 11' ; 1863, Oct 28 Launched. 1864, Jun 2 Registered Montreal. 1867, Jul 5 Stranded Lachine Rapids. 1868 Inspected Kingston, ONT, 422 gross tons. 1868, Jul 16 Stranded Cascades Rapids. 1868, Oct 30 Stranded Galops Rapids. 1869, May 18 ...
    Ship     Final Date: 18 May 1869; Dimensions (LBD): 177' x 27' x 11' ; 1863, Oct 28 Launched. 1864, Jun 2 Registered Montreal. 1867, Jul 5 Stranded Lachine Rapids. 1868 Inspected ...
  • CROCKETT, DAVY (1834, Steamer)
    Ship       Other Names: COLONEL CROCKETT; Final Date: Aug 1836; Ran St. Joseph River, St. Joseph - Niles. 1834, May 9 Wrecked, St. Joseph, MI. 1836, Aug Wrecked.; Final Location: St. Joseph River, 7 mi. upstream from Berrien Springs, MI., Stranded & wrecked.; 1839 Machinery put into the new PATRONAGE.
    Ship     Other Names: COLONEL CROCKETT; Final Date: Aug 1836; Ran St. Joseph River, St. Joseph - Niles. 1834, May 9 Wrecked, St. Joseph, MI. 1836, Aug Wrecked.; Final Location: St. Joseph ...
  • WARD, J.K. (1881, Tug (Towboat))
    Ship       Official No.: 80671; Final Date: 8 Nov 1892; Dimensions (LBD): 49' x 14' x 5.8' ; 1891-92 towing lumber and pulpwood from Rideau canal to Dexter or Oswego NY; Original Owner: Stephen St.Denis; Final Location: Rideau Lake, 1 1/2 miles above Oliver's Ferry, about 100 yards from shore on a ...
    Ship     Official No.: 80671; Final Date: 8 Nov 1892; Dimensions (LBD): 49' x 14' x 5.8' ; 1891-92 towing lumber and pulpwood from Rideau canal to Dexter or Oswego NY; Original ...
  • MICHIGAN (1833, Steamer)
    Ship       Dimensions (LBD): 145' x 29' x 11.2' ; Length overall 156'; beam over the guards 53'. Largest steamer on the Lakes; "Queen of the Lakes". 1833, Apr 27 Launched; ran Buffalo, NY & Green Bay, WI. 1833, Sep 30 Enrolled Detroit, MI. 1834 13 day, 2,000 mile excursion tour to ...
    Ship     Dimensions (LBD): 145' x 29' x 11.2' ; Length overall 156'; beam over the guards 53'. Largest steamer on the Lakes; "Queen of the Lakes". 1833, Apr 27 Launched; ran ...
  • COBOURG (1833, Steamer)
    Ship       Final Date: 1847; Dimensions (LBD): 152' x 36' x 11' ; 1833 Ran Prescott - Niagara, ONT. 1835, Aug 6 Grounded near Brockville, ONT, St. Lawrence River. 1834 Both owners died aboard of cholera. 1834, Nov New boilers installed, general overhaul, engines improved. 1837, Oct 26 Aground on sand bar ...
    Ship     Final Date: 1847; Dimensions (LBD): 152' x 36' x 11' ; 1833 Ran Prescott - Niagara, ONT. 1835, Aug 6 Grounded near Brockville, ONT, St. Lawrence River. 1834 Both owners ...
  • BY, JOHN (1832, Steamer)
    Ship       Final Date: 25 Oct 1833; Dimensions (LBD): 110' x 26' x 0' ; Regular route, York (Toronto) - Kingston, ONT; one of earliest sternwheelers; one of first high pressure engines.; Original Owner: Robert Drummond; Final Location: near Port Credit, close to Toronto, ONT. Lake Ontario., Wrecked on shore.
    Ship     Final Date: 25 Oct 1833; Dimensions (LBD): 110' x 26' x 0' ; Regular route, York (Toronto) - Kingston, ONT; one of earliest sternwheelers; one of first high pressure engines.; ...
  • PERRY, OLIVER H. (1834, Steamer)
    Ship       Final Date: 1843; 1835 Enrolled Maumee City, Ohio 1835 Boiler exploded 1838, April 26 In collision with steamer Buffalo off Erie, Pennsylvania, damage to wheelhouse & shaft, towed to Erie Harbor, sank, raised & repaired 1843 Abandoned
    Ship     Final Date: 1843; 1835 Enrolled Maumee City, Ohio 1835 Boiler exploded 1838, April 26 In collision with steamer Buffalo off Erie, Pennsylvania, damage to wheelhouse & shaft, towed to Erie ...
  • OAKVILLE (1834, Steamer)
    Ship       Other Names: HAMILTON; 1833 Used on Lake Ontario. 1836 Renamed HAMILTON; rebuilt, Kingston, ONT, 300 tons; owned N. Hewson, Hamilton, ONT. 1839 Owned Ottawa Co. 1840 Rebuilt as a barge; renamed UNION. 1842 Owned D. Bethune. ; Original Owner: J. Mills
    Ship     Other Names: HAMILTON; 1833 Used on Lake Ontario. 1836 Renamed HAMILTON; rebuilt, Kingston, ONT, 300 tons; owned N. Hewson, Hamilton, ONT. 1839 Owned Ottawa Co. 1840 Rebuilt as a barge; ...
  • MINNESETUNK (1834, Steamer)
    Ship       Other Names: GODERICH; 1834 Built to run Goderich - Sandwich (Windsor), ONT with passengers & freight. 1839, Jul In collision with steamer ERIE at Malden, ONT, sunk in Detroit River; renamed GODERICH. 1841 Engine & boiler offered for sale, not known if hull raised.
    Ship     Other Names: GODERICH; 1834 Built to run Goderich - Sandwich (Windsor), ONT with passengers & freight. 1839, Jul In collision with steamer ERIE at Malden, ONT, sunk in Detroit River; ...
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