Elfin Mere

1887                                    Elfin Mere                                 1913

Wooden Great Lakes package freighter

Built at West Bay City MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co., Hull 35
Launched Aug 18, 1887

199’7” LOA, 190’ LBP, 34’ beam, 21’ depth
2 decks, coal-fired boiler, steeple compound engine, 750 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI Aug 30, 1887 (#27)
190.5 x 34.0 x 21.0, 1054.13 GT, 796.05 NT     US 135940     to:
Chesley Wheeler, West Bay City MI ¼, Sarah H. Gordon, Bay City MI ½ and C. H. Green, Saginaw MI ¼

Entered service 1887

Burned to the water’s edge Nov 16, 1901 at Green Bay WI

Sold 1902 to Thomas H. Smith Stone Co., Milwaukee WI
Rebuilt to bulk crane vessel for the lumber trade at Sturgeon Bay WI by John Leatham and renamed Charles B. Packard.
Remeasured to 180.5 x 35.7 x 13.3, 676 GT, 504 NT

Wrecked Sept 16, 1906 Pelee Passage, Lake Erie.  Upbound with cargo of hard coal for Chicago IL, towing schooner Harold, ran over the wreckage of sunken schooner Armenia and sank.

Raised 1907 and repaired.  Not known to have operated again.

Abandoned 1913 for age.  Enrollment surrendered June 6, 1913.






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