The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. H. Perry (Steamboat), burnt, 1 Sep 1869

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PERRY, O.H. Steamer, burned at Sandusky; a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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Sunday morning, about 1:00 the stm. OLIVER H. PERRY, lying at her dock in Sandusky, was discovered to be on fire. When first discovered the fire was issuing from or near the engine room. Some party foolishly cut her lines so that in a few minutes she was carried by the wind out of the reach of aid. After ineffectual efforts at scuttling, a chain was thrown over her bows, by which she was towed back to the dock, where the fire engines could play on her. She was a new vessel, having been built this season by Capt. Monk, at a cost of about $20,000, and was owned by Messrs. Dotter, Hess, Fryensu & Ellthorp. She was insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 8, 1869 3-4

STEAMER BURNED. -- The steamer OLIVER H. PERRY, plying between Sandusky, Port Clinton and the Peninsula, and which came out new this season, was destroyed by fire at her dock in Sandusky, on Sunday morning last. When first discovered the flames were issuing from the engine-room. Upon the alarm being sounded a crowd quickly gathered, when some thoughtless individuals cut the ropes, and the steamer drifted into the bay beyond the reach of streams from the fire engines. A tug went out and towed her ashore, after considerable difficulty and delay, but the flames had made such progress that it was found impossible to save anything more than a portion of the machinery. There is said to have been no insurance on the boat. The origin of the fire is not known.
      Toledo Blade
      September 8, 1869

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
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O. H. Perry (Steamboat), burnt, 1 Sep 1869