Site Description

  • Steam Barge
  • 40ffw 13m
  • 180ft Length
  • Point Pelee
  • N 41 53.058  W 82 35.339 

Chronological History #

  • 1862 Apr 24 Launched; ran Dunkirk, NY – Sandusky, OH, Lake Erie.
  • 1863 May 9 Boiler exploded off Cleveland, OH, Lake Erie, c4 lost.
  • 1864 Owned Erie Railway Steamboat Co.
  • 1864 Apr 27 Ice damage, Lake Erie.
  • 1865 Remeasured 695.42 gross tons; 177.4 c 24.7 x 11.2′.
  • 1868 Owned Erie Railway Line.
  • 1869 Owned Union Steamboat Co.
  • 1873 Aug Ashore Niagara Reef, Lake Erie.
  • 1876 Jun Received a Thomas Murphy patented furnace said to use cheaper coal, but provide the same power.
  • 1877 May Owned & rebuilt as a steam barge by C.C. Blodgett, Detroit, MI; ran Saginaw, MI – North Tonawanda, NY lumber trade.
  • 1877 Oct 5 Burned.

Selection of News Articles for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

Cleveland Herald 
      October 8, 1877  #

PROPELLER BURNED 
      THE ‘TIOGA’ ENTIRELY CONSUMED OFF POINT AU PELEE. 
Detroit, Oct. 6. – The propeller TIOGA, on the upward passage with a tow of barges, while off Point Au Pelee, Lake Erie, about midnight last night, took fire near the boiler. A high wind prevailing, it was impossible to subdue the flames, and the propeller was entirely consumed. The crew were rescued and taken on board the barges in tow. The TIOGA was valued at $15,000, and insured for $12,000 in the following companies: Detroit Fire and Marine, $3,000; Western, of Toronto, $3,000; Phoenix, Brooklyn, $6,000. 

The J. W. Hall Great Lake Marine Scrapbook, Sept/Oct., 1877  #

BURNED. –By the prop. BADGER STATE, which arrived up this morning from Lake Erie, news is brought of the burning of the steam barge TIOGA on Friday night, off Pigeon Bay. At about 1 o’clock fire was discovered just forward of the boilers. Every effort was made to quench the flames, but with no avail, as in a short time the whole boat was completely within their power. The propeller BADGER STATE was not far off at the time, and made haste to reach the unfortunate boat and crew. The latter were rescued and brought to this port. The TIOGA was formerly a propeller, but was purchased several years since by Captain C. C. Biodget and converted into a steam barge. Of late she has been engaged in the lumber trade between Buffalo and Saginaw. She was valued at About $15,000 and insured for $12,000 in the following companies. 
      Detroit Fire and Marine — $3,000 
      Western, of Toronto — $3,000 
      Phoenix, of Brooklyn — $6,000 
      Total —– $12,000 
     

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871 #

Steamer TIOGA. U. S. No. 24167. Of 695.42 tons. 788 horse-power. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.

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