The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 28 August 1869

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The schooner Wm. Tell belonging to Capt. N. Robbins of Benton Harbor on her way from Milwaukee to this place loaded with 50 bbls. of Salt and 150 bbls. of lime on Friday the 20th inst. at 7 A.M. when about 20 miles from this place was discovered to be on fire by the fire bursting through her decks. So rapidly did the flames spread that the Captain and crew had barely time to escape in the small boat. The weather being fair the men had no difficulty in making this port. Of course there is no other theory for the vessel taking fire than that she leaked sufficient to wet the lime which caused the fire. The Wm. Tell was commanded by Hugh Keenan. We are informed there was no insurance on the vessel.

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Robert C. Myers
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St. Joseph Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 28 August 1869