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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Antelope

Ship owner: Baker & Co.; Ballentine & Crawford; E.B. Ward; Grand Trunk Railway; L.S. Boutell; McGraw & Co.

Ship builder: J.L. Wolverton, Newport, Michigan

Engine builder: C. Kellogg, Detroit, Michigan

Year ship built: 1861

Year engine built: 1861

Final disposition: Sank on October 7, 1897 off Michigan Islands, Lake Superior


First built as a sidewheeler, later a propellor, then a barge.

Dimensions (Sidewheel, first two owners):

201.6 x 31.7 x 12.  Gross tons: 915.

Dimensions (Propellor, third owner):

186.8 x 32 x 12. Gross tons: 600

Engines removed in 1881.  As a barge: 523 gross tons.



1) E.B. Ward, Newport, Michigan

2) Grand Trunk Railway ("Daily Line" - probably charter. 1863)


3) Ballentine & Crawford (1868)


4) Baker & Co., Chicago, Illilnois

5) McGraw & Co.,  Bay City, Michigan (1884)

6) L.S. Boutell, Bay City, Michigan (1894)                    <

Registry number: US. 571

Hull number: None

Vessel type: Barge; Passenger and Freight, sidewheel; Propeller

Height: 12 ft.

Width: 31.7 ft.

Length: 201.6 ft.

Stroke length: 40 in.

Gross tonnage: 915

Materials: Wood

Engine type: L. P. Beam

Piston 1: 56 in.

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