Oneida (wooden)

1862                                    Oneida                                         1893

Wooden Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by William Crosthwaite
Launched April 26, 1862

1 deck, coal-fired boiler, direct acting engine,

Enrolled at Buffalo NY May 23, 1862 (#67)
200’8” x 31’ x 13’3”, 787 26/95 tons    
James Kelderhouse ½,  Rufus C. Palmer ¼ and James N. Mallory ¼, Buffalo NY, the “People’s Line” (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service 1862 operating between Buffalo NY and Chicago IL

Sold 1863 to Western Transportation Co., Buffalo NY

Operated between Buffalo NY and Chicago IL

Remeasured 1865 under Act of May 6, 1864 (new measuring rules) to 200.3 x 31.7 x 12.0, 1070.50 tons (928.54 NT 1882) (to 2 decks)     US 18888  

Sold 1882 to Charles McInnes, Buffalo NY

Operated between Chicago IL and Collingwood ON for Northern Railway

Partially burned Dec 6, 1882 at her dock at Collingwood ON.  Repaired May 1883 (first vessel to use new Queen’s Drydock at Collingwood).  Entered service between Chicago IL and Ogdensburg NY.

Wrecked Nov 1, 1883 near Clayton NY, St. Lawrence River.  Struck rock and sank.  Raised and repaired.

Sold 1884 to Lorenzo 2/3 and William B. 1/3 Dimmick, Buffalo NY

Sold 1887 to John C. Maxwell, St. Paul MN (home port to St. Paul MN)

Sold 1888 to James E. Davidson, Bay City M
Rebuilt to lumber carrier
Remeasured to 719.24 GT, 569.62 NT

Burned Aug 20, 1893 near North East PA, Lake Erie.  Upbound light from Buffalo NY to Bay City MI, caught fire 15 miles off Ripley NY.  The crew took to the lifeboats and the vessel drifted to shore.  Enrollment surrendered Oct 25, 1893.







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