On 22 June 1853, CHALLENGE (wooden propeller freighter, 198 foot, 665 tons, built in 1853, at Newport, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Buffalo with barreled pork and oats on one of her first trips. However, her boiler exploded off Cheboygan, Michigan. She burned and sank. Five died. The schooner NORTH STAR heard the blast ten miles away and came to the rescue of the rest of the passengers and crew.
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1853, Dixon, Newport, MI
Specs : 198x28x12, 665 t
Date of loss : 1853, Jun 22
Place of loss : off Cheboygan, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : boiler explosion
Loss of life : 5
Carrying : barrelled pork, oats
Detail : While she was bound Chicago for Buffalo on one of her first trips, a sudden boiler explosion blew her stern off and she burned and sank. Her remaining crew and passengers were rescued from their lifeboat by the schooner NORTH STAR, which had heard her blow up from 10 miles distance.
Sailed Detroit for Buffalo on her 1st trip May 23, lost on Jun 22.