The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Relief (Propeller), burnt, 19 Jul 1884

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The tug RELIEF, owned by Capt. Gilchrist of Vermillion was burned at Cleveland this morning.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Saturday, July 19, 1884
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      The large tug RELIEF, valued at $12,000 and insured for $8,000, caught fire in some unknown manner about a mile off Starve Island, 4 miles from Put-In-Bay, at 11:30 Saturday night, and speedily burnt to the water's edge. The first intimation of a fire was an explosion of gas forward of the engine room. James Baker, the engineer, opened the door, and the flames shot out. The crew barely had time to jump overboard before the whole boat was enveloped in fire. James Shields, fireman, was badly burned about the face and hands.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 21, 1884 3-4

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      RELIEF Propeller Tug. Home port, Vermillion. On July 19, 1884 the tug caught fire in midlake, Lake Erie, and burned to a total loss. No cargo. Hull loss $12,000. Insurance $8,000. Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald
      November 28, 1884
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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.62783 Longitude: -82.82213
William R. McNeil
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Relief (Propeller), burnt, 19 Jul 1884