Built 1859 at Buffalo, N. Y.
HULL, 247 feet in length, 34 feet beam; 17 feet depth of hold. 1100 tons.
ONE BEAM ENGINE, built by the Shepard Iron Works ofBuffalo, N. Y., 60 inches diameter of cylinder by 12 feet stroke, and of 1050 horse power.
The MILWAUKEE and her mate the Detroit, were constructed by Mason & Bidwell, at Buffalo, and employed as passenger boats on Lake Michigan, running between Milwaukee and Grand Haven, They were designed by H. O. Perry, and were the only ocean style sidewheel steamships ever put afloat upon the Great Lakes.
The Milwaukee ran successfully until 1868. On the 9th of October, that year while attempting to enterthe harbor at Grand Haven during a gale of wind, struck on the bar, and becoming unmanageable, was forced toward the beach, where she grounded, half a mile from shore, and lay exposed to the fury of the storm. She soon after parted amidships, the forward half going to pieces. All on board were saved.