Plymouth Rock

1854                                 Plymouth Rock                                   1863

Wooden sidewheel Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by Bidwell & Banta
Launched March 21, 1854

1 deck, coal-fired boilers, low pressure vertical beam engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI July 21, 1854 (#93)
335’10” x 42’ x 14’6”, 1991 13/95 tons     to:
Michigan Central Railroad Co., Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

In service between Buffalo NY and Detroit MI with sister vessel Western World

Laid up late in the 1857 season because of the Panic of 1857.  By the time the economy recovered, the railroad lines around Lake Erie had been completed and the large vessels of her type were no longer needed.

Engine removed and shipped to New York NY for installation in an oceangoing vessel under construction. 

Hull used as floating dry dock at Port Huron MI






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