The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 27 Sep, 1905

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Quite a spectacular effect is given down the river every night by the burning of the cargo of soft coal on the barge Roby. Ed. Dustin, who came up on the Kirby Sunday night, said the glow could be seen upwards of twenty miles down in Lake Erie. The cargo has been burning nearly a week.

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The GEORGE W. ROBY, a wooden steam barge, was converted to a towbarge after this incident, which occurred at the mouth of the Detroit River. Surprisingly, she burned to total loss in a nearly identical incident the following year, in almost the same spot (Lime Kiln Crossing). In that incident, when it became unlikely that the coal fire aboard could be extinguished, the ROBY was scuttled by tossing s stick of dynamite into her bilges.
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27 Sep, 1905
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 27 Sep, 1905