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  • Bulk Carrier
  • 10 -20ffw
  • 189ft Length
  • Button Bay, Wolfe Island, St. Lawrence River
  • N44 06 55 W76 24 40

Collection of Historical Articles #

The Marine Review December 24, 1891 #

At Milwaukee the steamer ARIZONA and consort PLYMOUTH will both receive repairs about equal to a rebuild. The ARIZONA will be double decked. The steamer RUBE RICHARDS and consort MAY RICHARDS, also wintering on Lake Michigan will receive repairs costing about $6,000.

Loss of American Vessel Reported during 1923 Merchant Vessel List #

Steam screw ARIZONA. U. S. No. 1768. Of 765 tons gross. Built 1868. On Dec. 1, 1922 with 12 people on board vessel burned at Cape Vincent, Lake Ontario and became a total loss. No lives were lost.

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1920 Detroit, May 8 #

U. S., 1923 Steam screw ARIZONA. U. S. No. 1768. Of 765 tons gross; 601 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1868. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. Freight service. Crew of 12.

The Toronto Mail Friday, May 9, 1873 #

The propeller BLANCHARD from Buffalo for Chicago and the propeller ARIZONA from Sault Ste. Marie for Buffalo, collided today at noon at the head of the St. Clair Flats, the latter sinking in four fathoms, she was laden with flour and wheat.

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser May 9, 1873 3-5 #

The props. BLANCHARD and ARIZONA collided just above St. Clair Flats yesterday. The ARIZONA sunk in 2 1/2 fathoms of water. She had on board, loaded last fall, 26,000 bu. No. 1 Duluth wheat, on which there was insurance of $34,450 in various agencies in this city. There was $48,000 insured on the hull, also in the agencies in this city.

The ARIZONA was 870 tons burthen and built at Cleveland by Quayle & Martin in 1868. Owned by F.G. Gardner, of Chicago. Valued at $50,000; class A1. Later – The collision occurred at 1:30 P.M. yesterday. The ARIZONA’s bows are on the bank, the stern is in 21 ft. of water. There is water on her decks to within 30 ft. of her bows. The grain is all wet. The BLANCHARD was not hurt in the least.

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser May 16, 1873 3-4 #

The prop. ARIZONA has been raised and taken into shoal water. A rotary pump was required, which should not clog with the grain. The tug SATELLITE was despatched from Detroit Tuesday evening with the rotary, and the propeller was expected to reach Detroit before this, in tow of the tug.

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser May 17, 1873 3-6 #

the ARIZONA Although this unfortunate boat has been raised and got into shallow water, it seems one extra pump was not sufficient to float her as securely as desired, and another had to be procured from Detroit, with which it was hoped the boat may be floated so as to be towed to Detroit without further delay.

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser May 19, 1873, 3-5 #

Capt. Robinson reports the ARIZONA as arrived at Detroit on Saturday. A further delay was ooccasionedby the breaking of the new steam pump belonging to Chas. Leahy, of Detroit.

Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4 #

ARIZONA Propeller, 810 Tons, Built 1868. Homeport, Erie. Owned by Anchor Line. Class A 2. On November 17, 1887 vessel, with a cargo of sundries, was burnt on lake Superior, a total loss. Property loss, hull $40,000 cargo $50,000 1887 Casualty List (Total loss)

The Marine Record Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 4 #

STEAMER ARIZONA BURNED – Marquette, Mich. November 17.
After lying in the harbor here (Marquette) for over 24 hours waiting for weather, the ARIZONA left for Portage lake on her last trip of the season. She had got as far as Big Bay Point when the wind came with fury from the northwest and such a terrible sea set in that she was compelled to turn about and run for Marquette again. At about half-past 3 o’clock this morning, she was five or six miles from Marquette, laboring heavily in the high sea, when a carboy of acid was broken, filling the space between decks with dense and stifling fumes, and setting fire to the steamer. The deadly poisonous fumes of the acid made it impossible for captain George Graser and his crew to fight the fire, and his engineers and firemen were soon driven from the engine room and fire hold.

The chief engineer was the last man to leave his post when half suffocated by the sulfurous fumes and acid smoke from the burning acid. He turned on a full head of steam, and then rushed out to join the rest of the crew on the upper deck. The engineers superintended the making ready of a boat, choosing the windward side to avoid the dense smoke pouring from the hold. There were 900 barrels of oil and acid among the cargo. Captain Graser stood with the man at the wheel and the entire crew huddled together on the upper decks.

The space between the decks was filled with flames of blazing oil and fuming acid. As she neared the harbor the alarm blasts of her whistle gave notice to other vessels that something was wrong, but as the flames were still closely confined within the steamer, it was supposed the ARIZONA was calling for a tug. As she swept around the breakwater, however, the fire blazed out from her sides, and as the red glare shone over the bay, the steamers at the docks, the shop whistles ashore, and the city bells began sounding a general alarm, while the steamers CHINA and NYACK lowered boats to pick up the ARIZONA’s crew.

Although Captain Graser and his crew had escaped being burned on the open lake, they were in almost as great peril in the harbor, in charge of a burning ship, which was rushing on at full speed, without an engineer or man below decks. The captain was entering a harbor filled with docks, at which valuable steamers and vessels were lying. Sweeping around in a broad circle, he turned the steamers head straight towards the breakwater, determined to land his men there instead of using the boat. He struck the pier just ahead of the NYACK, and the crew, twenty-three in number, leaped upon the breakwater.

The burning steamer’s engines were still working, and her nose was fast up to the dock, until her rudder swung her stern around, and the abandoned vessel shot along the pier into the slip by the waterworks, the ARIZONA buried her nose in the sand and found her last resting place, in the slip among the sawmill logs and almost touching the big steam pump house of the city waterworks. The ARIZONA was built in Cleveland in 1865 and was owned by the Anchor line. She was rated A 2, valued at $40,000, and is not insured. (condensed)

Port Huron Daily Times Monday, June 9, 1888 #

The propeller ARIZONA, of the Anchor Line, which was burned at Marquette last fall, is at Dunford and Alverson’s drydock, where she will be converted into a barge.

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891 #

Steam screw Propeller ARIZONA. U. S. No. 1768. Of 684.38 tons gross; 475.57 tons net. Built Cleveland 1868. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 189.4 x 32.4 x 13.0. Nominal horse power, 350.

Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, 1896 #

Propeller ARIZONA. Of 684 tons. Built Cleveland 1868 by Quayle & Martin. Rebuilt Sept. 1888. Owned by Young Bros. et al. Homeport, Merritt. Value $36,000 Class A 2.
REMARKS: Steam pump well.

There arrived at this port yesterday from Cleveland, a new propeller launched at that port a few days since, and called the ARIZONA. She has been constructed chiefly for the lumber trade by Quayle & Martin, of the above city, for F.B. Gardner, of Chicago, and is well adapted for that trade. In model, she is full forward and aft, and is shaped so as to enable her to stow her cargo to a good advantage.

Detroit Free Press August 25, 1868 #

The following is her measurements: 187′ * 32′ * 13′; tonnage, 87 (mistake) (793); new style. The most notable peculiarity of this steamer is her machinery. Her boiler is located in the deck, immediately forward of her engine, the steam from which passes through 2 cylinders, which are high The advantage which this principle has over all others, we are not prepared to explain. We are assured, however, that the improvement is an acceptable one. The ARIZONA is intended to ply on Lake Michigan when engaged in the lumber trade, though it is probable she will also engage in carrying grain when she finds it profitable to do so. She is commanded by Capt. Patrick Myers, a very competent navigator, and to whom we are indebted for the above memoranda.

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser September 12, 1868 3-4 #

The fine new prop. ARIZONA, recently launched from Quayle & Martin’s shipyard at Cleveland, arrived here on Saturday morning, freighted with 400,000 ft. of lumber, 500,000 shingles and 200,000 lath from Pensaukee. She is property of J.B. Gardner, of Chicago, and is of the following dimensions: Length 175 ft.; overall 195 ft.; breadth of beam 34 ft.; depth of hold 13 ft. and measures 793 tons burden, new style.

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