The new steamer ALGOMAH, built by the Detroit Dry-dock Company for the Detroit, Marquette and Mackinac Railway Company, made her maiden trip on the river yesterday, and proved a decided success. The ALGOMAH is intended to be used as a ferry in connection with the Detroit, Marquette and Mackinac Railway at the Straits of Mackinac, and is constructed on the most Approved ice-breaking model so as to enable her to run without interruption during the winter. She is of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 125 feet; over all. 135 feet; beam, 33 feet; moulded depth, 13 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 12 feet. Her wheel, which is 9 feet 6 inches in diameter is turned by a fore-and-aft compound engine with cylinders 21 and 37 x 36, the steam for which is furnished by an Otis steel boiler 8 feet 6 inches shell by 16 feet long and half inch thickness. The engine was built by the Dry-dock Engine Works and the boiler by Desotell & Hutton. The steamer is very complete in all her appointments. On the main deck are the engineer's and firemen's rooms, with place for the deck hands forward. On the promenade deck are a large general cabin for passengers, handsomely carpeted, and furnished with chairs and settees, commodious dining-room, a ladies' cabin and washroom, a general washroom, pantry, kitchen, officer's rooms and a heavy weather room for the crew in cold weather. Her pilot house is on the hurricane deck. The ALGOMAH will probably leave for Mackinac on Saturday, towing the scow which has been built at Springwells to take cars across the Straits. She will be commanded by Captain A.A. Kirby, with James N. Riley as mate and E. Saunders, engineer. At her trial trip yesterday she easily made fifteen miles an hour.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October/November, 1881
ALGOMAH Built August 13, 1881 Passenger propeller -- Wood
U. S. No. 106022 486 gt - 359 nt 127.0 x 33.0 x 11.1
Reduced to barge in 1940; removed from documentation in 1944.
Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
Institute for Great Lakes research
Steam paddle ALGOMAH. U. S. No. 106022. Of 486.28 gross tons; 359.88 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1881. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 127.0 x 33.0 x 11.1.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
NOTE:- The 1885 Merchant Vessel List is in error regarding being a steam paddle, the ALGOMAH was a steam screw