Badger State

1862                                       Badger State                        1909

Wooden Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by Mason & Bidwell
Launched April 17, 1862

220’ LOA, 213’ LBP, 33’ beam, 19’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired boiler, low pressure direct acting engine

Enrolled at Buffalo NY May 19, 1862 (#64)
210’4” x 32’4” x 13’3”, 860 92/95 tons     to:
Charles Ensign, Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service May 1862 operating between Buffalo NY and Milwaukee WI

Sold 1864 to Western Transportation Co., Buffalo NY

Engine rebuilt 1864 to steeple compound

Remeasured 1865 under Act of May 6, 1864 (new measuring rules) t 213.1 x 33.0 x 12.1, 1115.52 tons (917.03 net tons 1882) (to 2 decks)     US 2111  

Fleet renamed Western Transit Co. 1884

Sold 1898 to Northern Transit Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Cleveland OH)

Operated between Cleveland OH and Ogdensburg NY 1898 and 1899 seasons

Operated between Buffalo NY amd Menominee MI 1900 season

Sold 1902 to Barry Bros. Transportation Co., Chicago IL

Transferred 1903 to Barry Transportation Co., Cleveland and Detroit Division, Cleveland OH  (home port to Cleveland OH

Sold late 1903 to Hugh R. Havey, Detroit MI

Remeasured 1904 to 987 GT, 783 NT

Converted 1905 to floating pool room at Detroit MI by J. H. Oades
Remeasured to 686 GT, 482 NT

Operated in this capacity at Detroit MI, then at Chicago IL when made unwelcome at Detroit.  The venture was not successful.

Sold 1906 to H. N. Loud’s Sons Co. Au Sable MI

Converted to lumber carrier at Detroit MI by J. H. Oades
Remeasured to 802 GT, 494 NT

Sold 1908 to Reeves & McBean Lumber Co., Detroit MI

Burned Dec 6, 1909 at her dock at her dock at Marine City MI, St. Clair River.  Enrollment surrendered Dec 31, 1909.





See history  in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p, 22







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