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Hunter (Propeller), burnt, 6 Nov 1861

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HUNTER Propeller, damaged by fire at Chicago, two men burnt.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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THE PROPELLER HUNTER. -- We learn by a dispatch from Chicago that the propeller HUNTER, Capt. Dixon, of the Buffalo, Chicago & Lake Huron Line was burned yesterday morning while lying opposite the warehouse of Sturgis, Smith & Co., in Chicago. She was valued at $40,000 and was insured for $20,000. Two men, names unknown, supposed to have been deck hands, were lost in the conflagration. The HUNTER ran between Goderich and Chicago in the line formed by the Buffalo & Lake Huron Railway.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, November 8, 1861

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      Chicago, Nov.7, 1861
To E.P. Dorr.---Propeller HUNTER burnt last night, from stern to midle gangway. Sunk in river.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 9, 1861

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THE PROPELLER HUNTER.---This propeller, which was so nearly destroyed by fire last week, has been cleared of water, and raised, and is being rebuilt. The hull is uninjured, but the entire upper part of the boat is destroyed, and the machinery will have to be replaced. The rubbish is now being removed, and the work of repairing will be rapidly pushed forward. ---- Chicago Journal
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 15, 1861

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Reason: burnt
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $23,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Hunter (Propeller), burnt, 6 Nov 1861