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Michigan (Steamboat), fire, 11 Jul 1860

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Grand Rapids, Mich. July 12. - The steamer MICHIGAN, while lying at her dock was totally destroyed by fire last night. Her crew being asleep escaped with great difficulty. Loss over $5,000.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, July 12, 1860

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      At about 11:30 on Wednesday evening a fire broke out on board the steamer MICHIGAN. There were 5 men on board at the time, having retired for the night. They succeeded in making their escape, though not being able to save anything. The boilers were full of water, and lying at Hovey's dock, fears were entertained for the safety of the warehouse, and she was cut adrift and floated down the tide, lodging on a sand bar about a mile below the city, burned to the water's edge. When in the middle of the river, and the flames having full possession of the boat, from stem to stern, the sight was truly grand and

      By the burning of the MICHIGAN, Capt. Gano, the popular master and owner, loses heavily. The boat was valued at $5,000; no insurance. Capt. Gano also lost his books and papers. The Sargeants brothers also lost about $150 and the hands of the boat lost considerable in clothing, &c. The MICHIGAN arrived from Grand Haven about 10:00 that evening, and the usual precautions against fire was taken by those having her in charge, before retiring for the night. The fire broke out somewhere about the furnace. The loss of this excellent steamer will be felt all along the Grand River, and the sympathies of the community are with its gallant captain in his sad misfortune. - Grand Rapids Enquirer, July 13.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 14, 1860

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Steamboat), fire, 11 Jul 1860