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Boscobel (Propeller), U2147, burnt, 1 Sep 1869


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BOSCOBEL Propeller, burned on St. Clair River; three lives lost; boat a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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Propeller BOSCOBEL, of 957 tons. Built 1867 at Peshtigo, Mich. Burnt September 3, 1869 below St. Clair, Mich. Two lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 to 1868. Lytle-Holdcamper List,

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      CAUTION TO VESSEL CAPTAINS. --- Near the Canada side, opposite Hart's Dock, St. Clair River, two piles have been driven in 16 feet of water, the tops of the same coming within two feet of the surface. The shore from 500 feet below Capt. Neal's dock should be given a good berth until getting well beyond the wreck of the BOSCOBEL.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 4, 1873

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      The hull of the burned prop. BOSCOBEL, which now lies at Marine City, is being raised. If worth anything it is to be converted into a tow barge.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 21, 1873 3-5

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The propeller BOSCOBELL, 919 tons, laden with merchandise, burned in the St. Clair River 21 years ago yesterday. Three lives were lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, September 4, 1890
     

THE BURNING OF THE PROPELLER BOSCOBEL. -- Capt. J.P. Hodges, formerly commander of the ill-fated propeller BOSCOBEL, which was destroyed by fire a few miles above Marine City, last Thursday morning, has furnished the Detroit Post the following particulars of the sad occurrence:
      Capt. Hodges states that he had been up all the preceding night; took the boat through the rivers and over the Flats, and after breakfast laid down, leaving the first mate in charge of the deck. About an hour after lying down, and about five miles above Marine City, he was called by the mate, who informed him that the boat was on fire. He hurried on deck as quickly as possible, and ascended the pilot house. By this time the crew, under the direction of the Engineer and Mate, had all the pumps at work. The fire spread so rapidly, that it drove them immediately away from the pumps. Capt. H. ordered the boats to be cleared away, but the hands only succeeded in getting one of them down, when the flames drove them all forward. The boat at this time was near the American shore. Capt. H. saw that the only way to save the lives of those on board was to turn around head to the wind, and keep the flames back as long as possible, and run her ashore in that position, this was therefore immediately ordered. While rounding to , five persons aft jumped overboard to get out of the fire, three of whom, the second engineer, one deck hand and a fireman, were drowned. The other two were picked up by boats from the shore. By the time the boat struck the shore, she was completely enveloped in flames from stem to stern. Capt. H. was forced to get overboard to escape the flames, and several of the crew went over with him. When he jumped into the water he took a small boat and went out a little ways and hailed the BELLE OF OSHKOSH and got on board of her, and induced the captain to go to the bow of the wreck and take off the passengers and the rest of the crew. This was safely accomplished, they being all lowered from the wreck, one at a time to the deck of the BELLE. He sent them all to St. Clair, with the exception of the Engineer, who with Capt. H., remained by the wreck, thinking she might be scuttled, thereby saving part of her hull, but the heat was so intense that nothing could be done, and she burned to the waters edge, and inside to the bottom. Her ceiling and timbers were entirely consumed, leaving nothing but the shell. From the time the fire was first discovered until the boat was completely enveloped in flames was only from five to eight minutes.
      Toledo Blade
      September 7, 1869
     
     
Steam screw BOSCOBEL. U. S. No. 2147. Of 957.01 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
     


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Reason: burnt
Lives: 3
Remarks: Abandoned ???
Date of Original:
1869
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McN.W.7636
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Boscobel (Propeller), U2147, burnt, 1 Sep 1869