Milwaukee 1 (wooden)

1859                                         Milwaukee     1                          1868

Wooden sidewheel Great Lakes passenger and freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by Mason & Bidwell
Launched June 2, 1859
Ordered for Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad to run across Lake Michigan between Grand Haven MI and Milwaukee WI

247’6” LOA, 34’ beam
1 deck, coal-fired boilers, vertical beam engine,

Enrolled at Buffalo NY Aug 22, 1859 (#84)
239’ x 34’4” x 13’2”, 1039 31/95 tons     to:
Julius Movius, Buffalo NY (home port Milwaukee WI)

Transferred 5 days later to Lake Michigan Transit Co.  

Transferred 1864 to Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad Co., Detroit MI (home port to Detroit MI)

Remeasured 1865 under Act of May 6, 1864 (new measuring rules) to 240.0 x 34.8 x 12.5, 880.58 tons     US 16619 

Stranded Oct 8, 1868 on sandbar off Grand Haven MI, Lake Michigan attempting to enter the harbor.  Broke up in storm two days later. 








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