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George H. Notter (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jun 1858

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Propeller Tug G. NOTTER, on fire off Milwaukee. Property loss $1,500.
      Buffalo Commecial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      TUG AND DREDGE BURNED. - On Tuesday morning last, at Milwaukee, the
steam tug NOTTER, belonging to Elias Simms, of Buffalo, who is dredging the river,
took fire and suffered a considerable loss to the owner. It is unknown exactly where
it caught, but it was probably over the boiler. The men were in the forecastle at the
time, and barely escaped with their lives. As it was, their cloths were mostly burned
up; one of the men we understand, had to scramble out with no protection to his limbs,
save a single shirt.
      The sheel house, and all the upper part of the boat was burned, but the hull was not
injured much, neither was the boiler injured. Mr. Simms had his trunk burned up, about
all his clothes, some notes to the amount of about $4,000 and his contracts. The damage
to the vessel is estimated at about $1,200. The total loss of notes, cloths, vessel injury,
&c., is about $6,000. The tug was lying at the time of the fire, at the foot of Milwaukee
Street. It came near burning two dredges of his also, which were lying alongside of the
tug. There was no insurance on the boat.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 19, 1858

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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George H. Notter (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jun 1858