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Mary R. Robertson (Propeller), fire, 29 Jul 1872

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Point Edward, July 31 - The Captain and crew of the steam barge MARY R. ROBERTSON, of Goderich, arrived here this evening and report that vessel burnt on Lake Michigan, near the Straits of Mackinaw, on Monday night. No lives lost
      The Toronto Mail
      Thursday, August 1, 1872

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Collingwood, August 3 - Captain J. McPherson and crew arrived by the schooner NEW DOMINION today bringing particulars of the burning of the propeller M.R. ROBERTSON. The propeller left Chicago on the 29th. July, with 16,500 bushels of wheat for Collingwood, having the schooner NEW DOMINION in tow. When off Skillagallee Light-house, on the night of the 29th. an alarm of fire was given. The crew made every effort to extinguish the flames, but the engineer and fireman were soon driven from their post, and as the propeller was going at full speed against the wind, all atempts to save her were useless.
In launching the life-boat, several men had narrow excapes from the flames. Ten minutes after the flames broke out the tow-line of the NEW DOMINION was burned and she was sent adrift. The engines finally stopped, and the NEW DOMINION sent her boats to the rescue. All the men escaped, but everything they had was burned, some having neither boots nor hats. The propeller CITY OF FREEMONT came along shortly afterwards and four of the crew went on her to Sarnia. The wreck when last seen, had drifted into Hog Island Bay.
      The Toronto Mail
      Monday, August 5, 1872

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Windsor, August 15, -- The propeller MARY R. ROBERTSON has arrived here from Beaver Island. She was burnt while in tow of the tug LEVIATHAN, Capt. Douglass, who had charge of the expedition, reportsd that the vessel is badly burnt.
      Toronto Mail
      Friday, August 16, 1872

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.6764 Longitude: -85.17312
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Mary R. Robertson (Propeller), fire, 29 Jul 1872