Northern Prairie Ships: Cheyenne

Built by Norman W. Kittson at Grand Forks, Dakota Territory (now North Dakota) during the winter of 1873-1874, this steamboat measured 55 meters long and 11 meters wide, and weighed over 45 tonnes. It had 14 staterooms, cabin, cookhouse, engine room, pilot house, and saloon. Originally a single-decked side wheeler, a second deck was added in 1879 when the boat was remodelled. It operated on the Red River on behalf of the Red River Transportation Company until it was wrecked near Ste. Agathe in June 1885 and was towed by the Marquette to Winnipeg where it was demolished. Many years later, one of its boilers was discovered, buried in river mud, and is displayed at Ste. Agathe.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cheyenne Boiler Monument (Ste. Agathe, RM of Ritchot)


“The Cheyenne disabled,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 June 1885, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 February 2022