C. Patrick Labadie Collection
  • Steam Barge
  • 190ffw 60m
  • 135ft Length
  • Long Point, Lake Erie
  • 42 34.892 79 56.455

Chronological History #

  • 1873, Jul 2 Launched Trenton, MI.
  • 1873, Aug 9 Enrolled Detroit; ran Saginaw, MI-Ogdensburg, NY.
  • 1875, May Holed by collision with steamer FRED KELLEY, Toledo, OH; raised and repaired.
  • 1877, Nov Pulled off beach near Port Stanley.
  • 1879, Apr 25 Owned Simon J. Murphy, Joseph Heald and Ernest Crippen, Montague, MI.
  • 1880 Extensive repairs.
  • 1882, Jul 25 Owned E. E. Crepin and Simon Murphy; 265.67 gross/203.42 net tons.
  • 1884 20 x 26″hp engine, Riverside Iron Works, Detroit.
  • 1885 Repaired.
  • 1886, May 20 Owned E. E. Crepin, Chicago and Andrew Flagsted, Montague, MI.
  • 1886, Jun Damaged in Lake Michigan squall; sank Chicago, IL.
  • 1887, Apr 4 Owned A. D. Campbell and H. W. Cook, Michigan City, IN.
  • 1887, May Ran on Dunlap’s reef; released by tug GEORGE NELSON.
  • 1889, Apr 16 Owned Theo Lutz, St. Joseph, MI; Alex D. Campbell and Henry Cook, Michigan City, IN.
  • 1890, May 29 Owned James Innes, Thomas Cowan and Penoyer Brothers, AuSable, MI.
  • 1890, Sep 9 Owned Innes, Penoyer, AuSable, MI and E. K. Porter, Lorain, OH; lumber business Oscoda and Lake Erie.
  • 1891, Feb 10 Owned Carlos Liebert, William Quinlan and James Lennac, Detroit, MI.
  • 1896, Jul 18 Stranded on rocks off Point Lafayette while towing SURPRISE and CASCADE near Bois Blanc Island, Detroit River.
  • 1900, Oct 5 Sank in collision with SIR WILLIAM SIEMENS in St. Clair River laden with cedar posts and shingles.
  • 1900, Oct 18 Raised.
  • 1901, May 9 Owned William E. Lennae, Detroit.
  • 1901, Oct 19 Foundered Lake Erie.


Registry and Rig Information
Official Number115184
Dimensions and Tonnage
Gross Tonnage256.00
Net Tonnage203.00
Hull MaterialWood
Vessel History
DispositionFoundered c.ten miles off Long Point, Lake Erie, in a gale, on October 19, 1901. Her tow, schooner MANITOU, picked up the crew of eleven; the latter being towed into Erie, PA, by steamer WALTER SCRANTON. SWALLOW was bound from Emerson, MI, for Buffalo with lumber.
Build Information
BuilderTurner, A.A.
Place BuiltTrenton, MI
Date Built1873-00-00

Collection of Historical Articles, for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

 Milwaukee Sentinel 
      October 21, 1901  #

The steamer SWALLOW, laden with lumber, foundered in Lake Erie off Long Point in the gale which swept Lake Erie Friday night. The steamer’s crew launched their lifeboat and escaped to the barge MANITOU, which the SWALLOW had in tow. The MANITOU drifted about the lake for thirty-nine hours, having lost her sails, and was picked up at 9 o’clock by the steamer WALTER SCRANTON. The SCRANTON was bound for Buffalo and landed the MANITOU and the crews of both boats. Wreckage sighted by the captain of the Canadian steamer DONNACONA on Saturday off Long Point undoubtedly came from the SWALLOW. The steamer loaded lumber at Emerson in Lake Superior and cleared for Buffalo on October 13. The MANITOU was taken in tow at Sault Ste. Marie. The boats had favorable weather until Friday night on Lake Erie when the gale proved too much for the swallow’s old timbers and she foundered 10 miles off Long Point. The crew comprised eleven men When the SCRANTON picked the MANITOU up the captain had headed his boat for Erie, and with a few scraps of sails was trying to get into that port. His double crew was fast telling on the store of provisions. The MANITOU lost her deck load of ties and is leaking. The SWALLOW was owned by Carlos Lebert of Detroit and was built in 1873. She measured 250 gross tons and was 133 feet long by 25 feet beam. Five years ago she was sunk on lake Michigan but was raised and repaired.

Milwaukee Sentinel 
      October 23, 1901 #

      Detroit, Mich. October 23. — Engineer Frank Clark of the abandoned steamer SWALLOW, who arrived here today, says he believes the SWALLOW is still drifting about the lower end of Lake Erie. He says she was abandoned twenty-five miles west of Long Point and all her lights were left brightly burning. He believes she could have got under Long Point had her consort MANITOU been cut loose. 

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891  #

Steam screw SWALLOW. U. S. No. 115184. Of 256.67 tons gross; 203.42 tons net. Built Trenton, Mich., 1873. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 133.8 x 25.8 x 10.8 Of 175 Nominal horse-power 

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