The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. Barber (Propeller), U12981, burnt, 19 Jul 1871

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Propeller J. BARBER, burned on Lake Michigan; total loss with two lives.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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On the 19th. July, 1871, about midnight, the propeller J. BARBER, when on her passage from St. Joseph to Chicago, was destroyed by fire, about ten miles off Michigan City, Indiana. Two lives were lost. This fire, as nearly as can be learned, originated from rags and towels hanging in the space around the smoke-pipe, having been placed there by the porter, and supposed to have dropped into the hold among the pine slabs which the steamer was using as fuel. Estimated value of steamer, $15,000.
      "Hist., of lake Navigation"
      the Marine Record, Feb. 17, 1887 p.6

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      A despatch was received from the agency at Chicago, by Capt. Dunstin, of this city, of the loss of the propeller J. BARBER by fire, while on a passage from St. Joseph to Chicago, and
when about midway on the voyage. Two lives were lost; names not given. She had been plying for a short time past between the above ports, engaged chiefly in the fruit trade. The report states that she burned to the water's edge and sun immediately afterward. She was owned by Captain Dustin, whose loss will be severe, as she is only partially insured. The amount is stated to be $8,000. The BARBER was built at Cleveland by Luther Moses for Gale & Eastman, of Chicago, and was commissioned in 1856. She subsequently fell into the hands of the Englemanns, of Milwaukee, and in 1866 was thoroughly repaired. She was purchased the past winter by Captain Dustin, who sold to the Englemanns the steamer CITY OF TOLEDO, receiving the BARBER in exchange as part payment. - Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, July 21, 1848

Steam screw J. BARBER. U. S. No. 12981. Of 302.00 gross tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: burnt
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $15,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
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J. Barber (Propeller), U12981, burnt, 19 Jul 1871