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Douglass (Propeller), burnt, 1 Oct 1874


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Propeller Tug DOUGLASS, burned and total loss at Detroit, October 1874. One life lost. Property loss $12,000
      Casualty List for 18744
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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A private dispatch to one of the owners in this city announces that the tug DOUGLAS, of this port, was burned to the waters edge 10 miles below Detroit yesterday afternoon. The dispatch states also that one man was lost.
      The tug DOUGLAS came out in 1872 and was owned by Robert Denton, of this city, and C.W. Eaton of Detroit. She was insured for $5,000 and was valued at $12,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 15, 1874 3-4

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The tug DOUGLAS which took fire while going down the river opposite Wyandotte on the evening of the 15th, was entirely destroyed. The crew all jumped overboard and were saved by the steam yacht JOSEPHINE, except John Cassidy, one of the firemen, who was drowned.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 16, 1874

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      The tug DOUGLAS, which burned off Wyandotte Thursday, is to be raised and rebuilt.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 19, 1874

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J.S. Quinn, the submarine diver, made an examination yesterday of the burned tug DOUGLAS, lying where she was beached after taking fire, at the head of Grassy Island. The wreck proved to be in better condition than might be expected. Quite a fire was found still burning on one side of it, which the visitors lost no time in shovelling overboard. The hull being of iron has suffered comparatively little. The woodwork on the starboard side and in some places below the bilge level; but on the port side, which is under water, only 3 or 4 strakes were found to be injured. A number of the iron deck beams are bent and twisted but the majority are level. The machinery was fund to be in good condition. On some parts of the cylinder the paint was not even scorched. The boiler was thought to have suffered no injury from the fire, but pirates have been around and carried off everything moveable. The government safety valve has been screwed off and taken away. The wreck will be raised immediately.
Search was made for the lost fireman, but ineffectually. The bottom of the river being weedy, the grappling hooks soon become cloggged and the search had to be given up. It is thought the body may turn up in some of the fisehrmen's seines, otherwise it may not be seen before the breakup of the ice next spring.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 19, 1874 3-4

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The raising of the tug DOUGLAS sunk off Wyandotte, in Detroit River, will be commenced in a day or two.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 22, 1874 3-5

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The burned tug DOUGLAS was raised Saturday and taken to Clark's drydock at Detroit where she will be rebuilt. Had she lain a week longer in her position the river pirates would have her stripped to the keel, and perhaps not left much of that.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 27, 1874 3-6


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Notes:
Reason: burnt
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $12,000
Remarks: Rebuilt
Date of Original:
1874
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Local identifier:
McN.W.11547
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Douglass (Propeller), burnt, 1 Oct 1874