The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alex Watson (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jul 1871

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WATSON, ALEX Propeller, burned at Lambton, River St. Clair; total loss.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      On Friday the propeller WATSON was burned while opposite Baby Pointe. This boat was running between Detroit and Wallaceburg. The WATSON was about the size of the ferry FLORENCE and was owned by Messrs. Watson & Co., of Wallaceburg. She was thoroughly overhauled last fall and came out this spring almost a brand new boat.
      Port Huron Times
      July 7, 1871

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ALEX WATSON built Wallaceburg, Ont. 1870. 90 x 24 x 6 and 109 tons, a passenger vessel. Wrecked Detroit River 1871.
      Provisional List of Canadian Steamers 1809-1930.

Wooden steam screw ALEX. WATSON, of 109 tons gross; 69 tons register. Built Wallaceburg, Ont., as a passenger & freight steamer between Wallaceburg and Detroit. Of 18 Horse Power.
      Statement of Steam Vessels Lost, broken
      up, or laid up as unfit for service during 1871
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries, Canada

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.65007 Longitude: -82.49982
William R. McNeil
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Alex Watson (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jul 1871