The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
M. B. Spaulding (Propeller), burnt & sunk, 19 Jun 1860

Full Text

SPAULDING, M.B. Propeller, when loading a cargo of lumber at Forester, Mich. was burnt to the waterline and sunk. 140m feet lumber also burned.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List 1860)


      The propeller M.B. SPAULDING, which was burnt at the wharf at Forestville on
Wednesday morning, formerly belonged to the Western Transportation Company, but
was purchased last spring by Messrs. Noyes & Roby, of Buffalo, and Smith, Kelly
Co., of Forestville, and has been engaged throughout the season in freighting lumber
between the latter place and Buffalo. There was some insurance on her at Buffalo,
though to what amount has not transpired.
      The flames communicated from the vessel to a pile of lumber on the wharf
belonging to Mrssrs.Smith, Imlay, Kelly & Co.,about one hundred thousand feet of
which was destroyed.
Capt. Lathrop, the commander of the SPAULDING, is of the opinion that the fire
was the work of an incendiary, and circumstances seem to point to the watchman
employed at the wharf as the guilty party. The flames broke out about 3 o'clock
in the morning, two hours before which the second engineer had passed over the
vessel and found no indication of fire. The watchman disappeared immediately
after the fire broke out, without seeing the officers or giving an explanation, and
when last seen was proceeding on foot towards Detroit.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      Sat. Evening, June 23, 1860

      . . . . .

      The wreck of the prop. M.B. SPAULDING, together with her machinery, has been
sold at auction to M.B. Kean, of Algonac, for $600.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 10, 1860

      . . . . .

The wreck of the prop. SPAULDING has been raised at Forester and towed down
to Algonac by the prop. J.E. EAGLE, where it will remain until the ensuing winter
when she will either be rebuilt or the machinery placed in a new hull.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 13, 1860

      . . . . .

Media Type:
Item Type:
Reason: burnt & sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $11,000
Cargo: $1,200
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Rebuilt as schooner
Date of Original:
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.49919 Longitude: -82.56937
William R. McNeil
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

M. B. Spaulding (Propeller), burnt & sunk, 19 Jun 1860