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Adventure (Propeller), U105567, fire, 7 Oct 1903

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      Took Fire While Laying At Dock - crew
      The steamer ADVENTURE loaded with lime, took fire at Kelly's Island at four o'clock on Wednesday afternoon while lying at the north dock and burned to the water's edge, both vessel and cargo were a total loss; no insurance.
      The tug SMITH towed the burning vessel into the lake, thus saving the schooner ANDERSON from burning also. Capt. John Howe was in command of the ADVENTURE and had his wife and little daughter on board, but they, like the rest of the crew were saved.
      It is not known how the fire originated, it was first discovered in the hold, just forward of the boiler and spread so rapidly that the sailors were just glad to escape with their lives. The burned steamer was in this port a day or two ago, and discharged a cargo of salt at the Bay Food docks, the vessel was previously owned in Sandusky.
      The burned steamer was 105 feet long, 24 feet wide and 8 feet deep and was built in 1875.
      Sandusky Register
      Thursday, October 8, 1903

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The steamer ADVENTURE caught fire while lying at the dock at Kelley's Island on Wednesday afternoon with her cargo of lime and was totally destroyed. The fire originated near the boiler. When it was seen that the steamer could not be saved, she was taken in tow by the tug SMITH and pulled away from the dock in order to save the schooner ANDERSON which was lying dangerously near the burning craft. The ADVENTURE was owned by Bayschlag, Schlinkert and Lowes of St. Clair.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 8, 1903
      ADVENTURE Schr. U.S. Number 105567. Built Detroit, Mich., 1875. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 104 x 24 x 8 148.97 tons gross. 141.53 tons net.
      Merchant Vessels List of
      the United States, 1885

      Note - The schooner was changed into a propeller in 1896
      ADVENTURE Steam screw. U. S. Number 105567. Built Detroit 1875. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 141 tons gross. 95 tons net. 108 x 24 x 8.3
      Merchant Vessels List of
      the United States, 1903

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: lime
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.60422 Longitude: -82.7074
William R. McNeil
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Adventure (Propeller), U105567, fire, 7 Oct 1903