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North America (Propeller), fire, 1 Jul 1858


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Propeller NORTH AMERICA, part of a cargo of cedar posts and shingles, burnt on St. Clair Flats. Total loss. Property loss $15,500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      Detroit, July 2.
      The propeller NORTH AMERICA, engaged in the light-house service, took fire on Lake St. Clair, on Thursday night, and was totally consumed. Her crew of twelve men jumped overboard and were saved. The vessel was owned in Cleveland, and valued at $22,000, and said to be insured for $17,000.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Saturday, July 3, 1858

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      PROPELLER "NORTH AMERICA" DESTROYED BY FIRE.
The propeller NORTH AMERICA, of Cleveland, which had recently been chartered for the lighthouse service, was entirely destroyed by fire last night, while lying at anchor just above the "elbow," on the Flats, six miles above New Baltimore.
The fire caught about midnight and the boat was in one sheet of flames within five minutes of the time of its discovery. The crew consisted of twelve person and there were also on board two passengers, all of whom jumped overboard and were providentially rescued by the boat belonging to the schooner WILLIAM, of Buffalo. They were brought here today by the steamer ARIEL.
      Capt. Wilson, the commander of the NORTH AMERICA, was not on board at the time of the disaster; the boat was in charge of the mate, Mr. Driscoll.
      The NORTH AMERICA was a new propeller, owned by Luther Moses, of Cleveland, and valued at about $22,000. She was launched last year, but did little or no business until this season. She was insured for $10,000 by agencies in Detroit - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 5, 1858

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      PROPELLER "NORTH AMERICA" TO BE RAISED. - We learn that Capt. Dana, of the tug ROBBINS, is engaged in raising the propeller NORTH AMERICA, which was burnt a short time since on the St. Clair Flats, and with every prospect of success. He first attempted to raise her by the aid of scows, but this failing, he is now driving piles around her, and in a few days will probably have her afloat. He has taken a contract from the underwriters to raise her. - Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 26, 1858

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      RAISING THE NORTH AMERICA. - The tug BRUCE left for the Flats yesterday, having in tow the schooners TROWBRIDGE and FORTUNE, for the purpose of raising the hull of the propeller NORTH AMERICA, burnt some two months since on the Flats. Mr. J. P. Clark has the contract. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, September 9, 1858

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THE NORTH AMERICA. - Mr. Clark has succeeded in raising the wreck of the burnt propeller NORTH AMERICA, and it was yesterday towed down to Clark's dry dock. The hull is so badly burnt as to be worthless, but the machinery is, we understand, in tolerably good order. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 15, 1858

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      THE NORTH AMERICA RAISED. - The hull of the propeller NORTH AMERICA, burnt some two months since on the Flats has been raised, and on Sunday was towed down to the dry dock. It is very badly injured, and it is doubtful if anything except the machinery will be worth saving. The schooners TROWBRIDGE and FORTUNE were employed in raising her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, September 16, 1858

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $22,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: cedar posts &c.
Remarks: Total loss, but raised
Date of Original:
1858
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McN.W.3627
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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North America (Propeller), fire, 1 Jul 1858