The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
F. W. Backus (Propeller), burnt, 1 Nov 1866

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      Incidents of Interest in Navigation Season of 1866.
Nov. 25, propeller F.W. BACKUS burned at Racine after twenty years service.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 23, 1866
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F.W. BACKUS Propeller, cargo hay, burnt off Racine, November 1866. Total loss. Property loss, hull $30,000 cargo $25,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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F.W. BACKUS Propeller of 289 Tons, owned at Chicago by Hubbard & Co. Bound from Chicago to Marquette was destroyed by fire at Racine, November 1866. Loss to ship $30,000 insurance $17,000 loss to cargo $25,000 insurance $15,000
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      PROPELLER BURNT. - Racine, Wis., Nov. 25. - The propeller F.W. BACKUS was destroyed by fire off this city today. The passengers and crew were all saved. The boat and cargo are a total loss.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, November 26, 1866

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Reason: burnt
Hull damage: $30,000
Cargo: $25,000
Freight: hay
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.72613 Longitude: -87.78285
William R. McNeil
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F. W. Backus (Propeller), burnt, 1 Nov 1866