Built 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio, by Quayle & Martin.
Wooden Hull: Length of keel 219 feet; overall 231 feet; Breadth 31 feet (over guards 38 feet); Depth of hold 14 feet. Tonnage 1,123.14
Engine, by Cuyahoga Works, Cleveland.
The Ironsides was built for the Cleveland and Lake Superior Line, and was one of the most substantial and elegant passenger propellers of her day. She was strongly built, and had a beautiful model.
After running to Lake Superior for a number of years she was transferred to the Engelmann Transportation Company's line between Milwaukee and Grand Haven, on Lake Michigan.
On the evening of September 14, 1873, she left Milwaukee, bound for Grand Haven. During the night a violent storm arose and in attempting to enter the harbor at Grand Haven she struck on the bar. She was turned about and headed away from the shore again, and when 10 miles from the land foundered; the passengers and crew took to the boats, but 24 of them perished. At the time the Ironsides was lost she was worth $125,000.