Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Antelope (Propeller), U571, 31 Aug 1861
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The new propeller ANTELOPE, of Ward's Line of steamers, has received her necessary outfit of stores, with crew on board, and will leave Newport today or tomorrow for Chicago direct, in command of Capt. Butlin, late of the MONTGOMERY Capt. Butlin has been succeeded in command of the latter steamer by Archie Gillis, late first officer of that boat. We shall give a more extended notice of the new steamer as soon as the particulars are received. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 24, 1861

NEW PROPELLER. -- A new and very handsome propeller of 800 tons burthen, named the ANTELOPE, made her appearance in our harbor yesterday, and took on her first load load ot wheat from Kellogg & Strong's elevator. She carries about 20,000 bushels of wheat, with a deck load of rolling stock, drawing 12 feet of water. Her dimensions are: Length, 300 feet; breadth of beam, 30 feet; depth of hold, 14 feet. The ANTELOPE was built at Newport for E.D. Ward, who we understands, intends to make her and the MONTGOMERY, the neucleus of a line of first-class propellers to run between this city and Buffalo, without going further up the lakes. Our merchants will promote their own interests by giving the line all the encouragement the can, -- Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, August 29, 1861

A new propeller, the ANTELOPE, just finished at Port Huron, came in last night, making her first trip. She is a beautiful boat, and gotten up with all the modern improvements. Measures are being taken to run her between here and Buffalo, but whether as a "wild boat" or in one of the lines, we know not. ---- Milwaukee Sentinel, 26th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 30, 1861

      Capt. Ward's new prop. ANTELOPE made her first appearance at our docks yesterday afternoon at 2:00, on her passage down from Milwaukee to Buffalo, with a cargo of 19,400 bu. wheat and 450 barrels of flour. From her commander, Capt. Butlin, we received the following particulars of her build: She has heavy frames, which are set near together, of the best of white oak; her topsides, 28 inches thick, with diagonal ceiling. Her arch posts, which are of large size, extend down into the bilge of the hulk. She has also 3 watertight bulkheads, built of solid fitch; bolts in the room of spikes, have been used throughout in her fastenings, which have been inwardly clinched. The iron work throughout is extensively (missing a line or 2) ... Lake Superior manufacture, and she has doubtless double the quantity of that of any other steamer afloat on these waters. Her length is 210 ft. (not 300 as stated in a Milwaukee contemporary), 30 ft. 4 inches beam, 14 ft. hold, and ?01 tons. Her engine, which is low pressure, is from C. Kellogg & Co.'s works in this city. Cylinder 50 inches and 40 feet stroke, together with pony engines, etc., etc. She has in all 9 pumps, which can be got in operation in 5 minutes notice. Her officers are Capt. Thomas Butlin; First mate, John Robinson; Second mate, Mr. Trambull; First Engineer, Wm. Fitch; Second Engineer, Wm. Grace; Clerk, Eber Owen.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 31, 1861

Steamer ANTELOPE. U. S. No. 571. Of 915.19 tons and 600 horse power. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
Steam screw ANTELOPE. U. S. No. 571. Of 600 tons. Built Newport, Mich., 1861 by J.L. Wolverton, 201.6 x 31.7 x 12.0 Burned at Buffalo Nov. 1867 rebuilt as steam barge at Detroit 1868. Foundered Lake Superior, 1897.
      Herman Runge List

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Antelope (Propeller), U571, 31 Aug 1861