The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Vulcan (Propeller), U25760, fire, 16 Dec 1871

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Propeller tug VULCAN, partially burned while laid up at detroit.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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BURNING OF TUG VULCAN. - Saturday morning fire was discovered issuing from the tug VULCAN, which was in winter quarters near the foot of Adair Street, Detroit. The fire being mostly in the hold, the firemen thrust the nozzels through the decks and filled the hold full of water, thus in time getting rid of the last remnant of the fire. The extra weight of water sunk the tug so that she grounded and heeled over on her side, in which condition she is a present. The loss by fire and the cost of righting the tug will together amount to four thousand dollars and over, but it is understood that the insurance will cover everything. Another tug and a schooner were lying beside the VULCAN, but neither were damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, December 19, 1871

Steam screw VULCAN. U. S. No. 25760. Of 249.43 tons. Of 500 horse-power. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S, 1871

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Remarks: Damaged
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Vulcan (Propeller), U25760, fire, 16 Dec 1871