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A. D. Hayward (Propeller), burnt, 4 Aug 1887

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Propeller A.D. HAYWARD of 224 tons, built 1887, class A 1. owned by Campbell. Home port, White Lake. On August 4, 1887 vessel damaged by fire at Chicago, with a cargo of lumber. Property loss $7,500.
      1887 Casualty List (partial loss)
      The Marine Record. Dec. 15, 1887

      Chicago.---The fine new passenger and freight propeller A. D. HAYWARD was badly damaged by fire last Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. The propeller arrived from Whitehall, Mich on Wednesday night, with a load of 300,000 feet of green pine, and a full passenger capacity. She discharged her passengers at O'Conner's dock and moved up the South branch to Robert L. Henry's lumber yard to unload her cargo. Here a gang of men were at work ridding her of her lumber when a cloud of flame suddenly burst up through the main hole of the boiler room. In a moment the entire after part of the vessel was enveloped in flames. The fire originated in the hull of the vessel by the boiler room, communicated to the engine room above, made its way up to the passengers cabin on the hurrican deck, staterooms, kitchen and pantry, sweeping everything before it. The fireboat GEYSER and four engines had hard work to confine the fire from crossing to the forward deck and burning downwards to the waterline. As it is, the new boat sustained damages which will require between $7,000 and $8,000 to repair.
      Herman Fisher, the fireman, was down in the boiler room painting. He was perched on a crossbeam, paint pot in one hand and a lantern in the other. The lantern suddenly fell below, broke and set the liberated oil ablaze. Fisher, in getting down to extinguish it, got his foot afoul of the paint pot, upsetting it, and sent its contents full down upon the burning oil below. The fire then shot upwards, alarming those at work overhead, and Fisher was dragged out of his perilous quarters, more dead than alive. His face, hands and breast were badly injured. He was removed to the county hospital where he was doing as well as could be expected.
The loss is fully covered by insurance, as she is placed in the Continental Marine, of New York, for $20,000. The HAYWARD is 147 feet overall, 20 feet beam, and 11 feet depth of hold. Her engine, 12 inch stroke, is badly damaged, as is also her boiler. She had 12 state rooms, 6 feet square, each supplied with a single and double berth, these, together with the 56 foot cabin, were totally destroyed. The boat was on her fifth trip, and already an assured success. She will be taken to Manitowoc, where she was built, for repairs.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Aug. 11, 1887 p.1

Chicago.---It is likely that the idea of rebuilding the scorched propeller A.D. HAYWARD for the passenger trade between White lake and Chicago will be abandoned, and a new steamer will be built.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p. 5

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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A. D. Hayward (Propeller), burnt, 4 Aug 1887