The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Belle (Propeller), burnt, 1 Nov 1869

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BELLE Propeller. burned off Port Washington; two lives and boat a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

Chicago, Nov. 22. -- The burning of the propeller BELLE, of Milwaukee, near Port Washington Saturday night has already been dispatched with no information as to the state of the crew. Yesterday the brig C. J. HUTCHINSON arrived at this port having on board as survivors of the disaster, Capt. C. N. Mayers, first mate, of Milwaukee; 2nd. engineer George Wall of Milwaukee; 2nd engineer Ricken Tuthin, of Milwaukee, Geo. Dosald, passenger, of Manitowoc; Patrick Barnes, captain of the BELLE, and Charles Minfus, wheelsman, were drowned. Only six persons on board when the fire was discovered and apparently beyond control of the crew.
      They lowered a yawl, and efforts of men to get into it half filled it with water. In attempting to get a pail from the propeller to bail the yawl, it was capsized and all were thrown into the water. The captain and helmsman were not seen afterwards. The balance of the crew after being several times capsized and suffering fearfully, were finally picked up by the C. J. HUTCHINSON and brought to this port.
      Toledo Blade
      November 23, 1869

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Reason: burnt
Lives: 2
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Belle (Propeller), burnt, 1 Nov 1869