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Cliff Belden (Propeller), burnt, 11 Aug 1859

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The tug CLIFF BELDEN took fire night before last while lying at the dock at Malden, and lost her upper works by the flames. She had been towing during the day, and tied up at the dock in the afternoon. About 2:00 in the morning while all on board were asleep, the fire under the boiler communicated itself to the woodwork, and had got under full headway before discovered. The engineer and another person were in a cabin near the engine-room, and were awakened by the fire, which penetrated directly to their sleeping apartment. The door was blocked by the flames and they were obliged to make their escape by the window,
which they managed to do with a great deal of difficulty, as the apeture was small, and the fire close upon them. The engineer was somewhat burned and his companion severely so, the latter being the last to get into the open air. The upper works were burned before the flames were extinguished, the damage being about $500.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 13, 1859

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      The tug CLIFF BELDEN, which was somewhat damaged by fire a few weeks since at Malden, has been repaired and again resumed her occupation of towing.
      Detroit Free press
      September 4, 1859

Th_ tu_ CLIF¦ BELDE+ too_ fir_ nigh_ befor_ las_ whil_ lyin_ a_ th_ doc_ a_ Malden¼ an_ los_ he_ uppe_ work_ b• th_ flames« Sh_ ha_ bee_ towin_ durin_ th_ day¼ an_ tie_ u_ a_ th_ doc_ i_ th_ afternoon« Abou_ 2:0_ i_ th_ mornin_ whil_ al_ o_ boar_ wer_ asleep¼ th_ fir_ unde_ th_ boile_ communicate_ itselµ t_ th_ woodwork¼ an_ ha_ go_ unde_ ful_ headwa• befor_ discovered« Th_ enginee_ an_ anothe_ perso_ wer_ i_ ß cabi_ nea_ th_ engine-room¼ an_ wer_ awakene_ b• th_ fire¼ whic_ penetrate_ directl• t_ thei_ sleepin_ apartment« Th_ doo_ wa_ blocke_ b• th_ flame_ an_ the• wer_ oblige_ t_ mak_ thei_ escap_ b• th_ window¼ whic_ the• manage_ t_ d_ wit_ ß grea_ dea_ oµ difficulty¼ a_ th_ apetur_ wa_ small¼ an_ th_ fir_ clos_ upo_ them« Th_ enginee_ wa_ somewha_ burne_ an_ hi_ companio_ severel• so¼ th_ latte_ bein_ th_ las_ t_ ge_ int_ th_ ope_ air« Th_ uppe_ work_ wer_ burne_ befor_ th_ flame_ wer_ extinguished¼ th_ damag_ bein_ about $500.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 13, 1859

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      Th_ tu_ CLIF¦ BELDEN¼ whic_ wa_ somewha_ damage_ b• fir_ ß fe_ week_ sinc_ at Malden, has been repaired and again resumed her occupation of towing.
      Detroit Free press
      September 4, 1859

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
William R. McNeil
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Cliff Belden (Propeller), burnt, 11 Aug 1859