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Belle P. Cross (Propeller), U2719, fire, 30 May 1890

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But for a fortunate circumstance the prop. BELLE CROSS would probably have burned up in the lake just outside this harbor yesterday. She came down with her regular tow and called for tugs. The tug KELDERHOUSE went out and when nearly up to the CROSS saw smoke issuing from her cabin. The captain had not observed it, and Capt. Hazen was at first unable to make him understand the situation. The tug was soon on the spot, and by good work put out the fire, but not until after the cabin was badly burned and clothes and bedding destroyed. The loss is quite serious, but will probably not detain the boat long.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 30, 1890 7-1

Steam screw BELLE P. CROSS. U. S. No. 2719. Of 427 tons gross; 305 tons net. Built Trenton, Mich., 1870. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 135.0 x 27.4 x 11.8 Crew of 18.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Belle P. Cross (Propeller), U2719, fire, 30 May 1890