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Benjamin F. Bruce (Propeller), fire, 14 Aug 1862

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Propeller B.F. BRUCE, cargo staves, burnt off Port Stanley, Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. (Casualty List, 1862)

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Propeller B.F. BRUCE burnt and abandoned off Port Stanley, Lake Erie. Remains came up on beach on the west side of the pier. Cargo of staves from Detroit for Buffalo. Propeller caught fire about 8 miles from Port Stanley.
      Toronto Globe
      August 13, 1862

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      We regret to record the destruction of the prop. B.F. BRUCE, by fire, at Port Stanley, on Monday. The vessel was on her downward trip, with a cargo of staves, when the accident took place. She caught fire within 8 miles of the port, when the captain endeavored to run her ashore; but the flames made such a rapid headway that all hands were forced to abandon her, which they did in safety. All that remains of her now lies on the beach, on the west side of the pier. The BRUCE was owned by Messrs. Trowbridge, Chapman & Rand of Detroit, and was fully insured.
      St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch
      August 14, 1862
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      PROPELLER BURNED AT PORT STANLEY. - At twelve o'clock on Thursday the propeller B.F. BRUCE, bound from the west to this city, loaded with staves, took fire when off Port Stanley, and was completely destroyed. The wreck floated ashore in the neighborhood of Port Stanley, and the crew escaped in their boat shortly after the fire broke out. She was owned by Messrs. Trowbridge & Co., of Detroit.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, August 19, 1862
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      Propeller B.F. BRUCE, 168 tons. Built Buffalo 1852. DISPOSITION -- Burnt August 1862 at Port Stanley. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 to 1868, Lytle Holdcamper List

Propeller B.F. BRUCE. 168 tons. Built Buffalo in 1853 by Leveyea. Owned by Casey & Whipple. Home port, Detroit. Value $6,300. Class B 1.
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Lake vessel register, 1860

      Steam scrw B.F. BRUCE, of 168 tons. Built Buffalo 1853 by Laveya. 110.0 x 20.5 x 8.0.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $1,200
Freight: staves
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
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Benjamin F. Bruce (Propeller), fire, 14 Aug 1862