• Side Wheel Steamer
  • 35ffw 11m
  • 160ft Lengths
  • West Sister Island, Lake Erie
  • 41 43.246   83 04.38
  • 43679.1   56824.3

Chronological History #

  • 1838 Enrolled at Buffalo, New York; ran Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee & Chicago
  • 1840 Aground at Mackinac, released by steamer GREAT WESTERN
  • 1842 October In collision with schooner KINNE on Lake Huron
  • 1842 November Ashore near Chicago; released
  • 1844 Owned Samuel Gelston, et.al., Buffalo; rebuilt, lengthened, 218’8″ x 30 x 14, 887 old measure; now one of the largest & fastest boats on the Great Lakes
  • 1845 Owned Stephan Card, Buffalo
  • 1846 Owned E.S. Prosser & Company, Buffalo
  • 1846 Owned Edward Whittaker, et.al., Buffalo
  • 1847, September 4 In collision with steamer NILE, on Lake Huron; repaired
  • 1852 Owned T.J. Titus, et.al., Buffalo
  • 1853 Collision with BRUNSWICK Sunk West Sister Island, Lake Erie

David Swayze Shipwreck File #

  •  WISCONSIN
  • Other names:  none
  • Official no.:  none
  • Type at loss:  sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
  • Build info:  1837, G. W. Jones, Conneaut, OH
  • Specs:  219x30x14,   700g  490n
  • Date of loss:  1853, Aug 24
  • Place of loss: W. Sister Isl.
  • Lake: Erie
  • Type of loss:  collision
  • Loss of life: none
  • Carrying: light
  • Detail: She collided with the steamer BRUNSWICK and sank after her helmsman misunderstood a passing order and she veered into the BRUNSWICK.. Owned by Capt. T. J. Titus & Geo. Davis of Buffalo. Master: Capt. Hayes.
  • Some sources list her as a prop, but she predates the prop [there was a prop WISCONSIN operating in 1853]
  • Went ashore in poor visibility 6 mi N of Chicago on Nov 6, 1842 with heavy damage.
  • Rebuilt and enlarged in 1843. Originally 157 ft long, 29 ft. beam, 12 ft depth and 54 feet across the guards.

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