The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
River Queen (Propeller), fire, 1 May 1868

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The prop. RIVER QUEEN, which since she came into commission had plied between Algonac and Lexington, took fire on Tuesday night about 1:00, while lying alongside the dock at Marine City, and before being tatally consumed, was scuttled and sunk. Her upper works, with her ceiling and a portion of her hull was destroyed, though fortunately not attended with any loss of life.
      The fire originated among some wood in the locality of her boilers, and before discovered had gained too much headway to admit of saving her. There were only three men on board at the time, one of them being part owner, and the flames spread so rapidly that they had barely enough time to escape, saving nothing whatever of a conbustible nature. Her cost was $18,000, and she is insured for $10,000. The QUEEN came into commission on February 1867, at which period she commenced plying the locality above named. She was built at Marine City, was about 200 tons burthen and was owned by Gardner, Gallager & Gordon. Without doubts she will be immediately raised. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 8, 1868 3-4

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.71948 Longitude: -82.49213
William R. McNeil
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River Queen (Propeller), fire, 1 May 1868