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Meteor (Propeller), U17570, fire, 10 Jun 1873

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DESTRUCTION OF THE PROPELLER METEOR. -- An Associated Press telegram from Detroit, dated Sunday evening, announces the destruction of the propeller METEOR, while lying at the wharf in that city, on Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out around the smoke-stack, spread with fearful rapidity, and the vessel was soon wrapped in flames and was burned to the water's edge. There was a large number of passengers on board, some of whom, it is stated, reached the deck with much difficulty; all, however, are believed to have escaped. The fire extended to the warehouse and freit sheds of Messrs. Buckley, which were also consumed, involving loss to the amount of $45,000, on which there was $33,000 insurance.
      The METEOR ran in the Union Steamboat Company's Lake Superior Line, was commanded by Capt. Robertson, and owned by Whiting & Co. of Detroit. She left Buffalo on Thursday last for Marquette with a partial cargo, and stopped at Cleveland, where she took on additional freight and passengers. The METEOR was a first-class boat, valued at $62,500, and insured for $50,000. She was built at Cleveland in 1863 by Peck & Masters, and measured 956 tons. The cargo of the METEOR consisted of general merchandise, railroad iron, and brick. We were unable to ascertain the definate amount of loss on cargo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 9, 1873

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      The propeller METEOR caught fire yesterday while lying at her dock at Detroit, after setting some warehouses and sheds afire, she was cut loose and towed to the Canadian shore where she was completely destroyed. She was built in 1863, was of 729 tons. She was valued at $38,000 and insured for $26,000. Owned by Whiting & others.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      June 11, 1873

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      The tug BROCKWAY left Detroit last Thursday evening for the wrecl of the propeller METEOR, sunk below Clark's Dry Dock on the 7th. June 1872. (sic) The tug has a steam pump and other wrecking material on board. It is designed to raise the wreck and move it further in shore.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Monday, September 6, 1875

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Says the Detroit Free Press: -- Saturday morning the tug HERCULES went down the river and after pulling with all her force succeeded in towing the water-logged hull of the propeller METEOR from it's resting place to a point at the foot of Belle Isle, a short distance from the wreck of the NILE, where what is left of this once staunch and majestic propeller was sunk in eleven feet of water.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Wednesday, September 15, 1875
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      Thursday Captain Grummond commenced to raise the hull of the propeller METEOR, lying near Belle Isle, for the purpose of removing her boiler and engine, provided they are found to be of sufficient value, after they have been duly examined. In the latter case they will be put to use elsewhere very soon.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, August 7, 1876
THE METEOR. --- The wreck of the propeller METEOR has been raised and taken to Detroit, where her boilers and machinery will be taken out.
      Tuesday, August 15, 1876

      The old boilers taken from the wreck of the METEOR, are now lying in the vacant lot near the upper dry dock, are being cleaned up and will be painted over.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 11, 1878

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      THE LAST OF THE METEOR - One by one the old hulks that have been an eyesore to the lower part of the city are being repaired or are passing out of existance. First, the old propeller ONTONAGON, then the propeller IRA CHAFFE were rebuilt. Next the steamer SARAH VAN EPPS was transformed into a wood barge. Now, what is left of the once noble craft, the METEOR, is about to be consigned to the flames. Today she will be pumped out and taken to Clark's dry dock, so Capt. Grummond, her owner, states, and there set on fire and be burned to the water's edge. What remains will then be towed to the marshes near the Rouge, and run ashore and burned up. It is estimated that nearly $400 worth of old iron can be saved from the wreck.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Friday, July 12, 1878

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      BURNING THE METEOR - Yesterday what is left of the old propeller METEOR was set on fire in Clark's big dock, and will now be burned as near the water as possible, and then what remains of her will be towed away somewhere and sunk. Fire was first made in the stern, and allowed to creep along towards the bow gradually.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 25, 1878

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      The remains of the METEOR was taken to the Rouge yesterday and sunk.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Friday, August 2, 1878

The hull of the former propeller METEOR was sold Saturday to Capt. J.M. Jones of Detroit. Capt. Jones will put one of the engines in a tug which he is building. He will rebuild the hull.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      May 26, 1875

Schooner NELSON BLOOM,* U. S. Number 17570. Built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1863. Of 549 tons gross, 521 tons net. Home port, Toledo, O. 197.7 x 31.2 x 11.2 and a crew of 6.
*Formerly the schooner METEOR.
      Merchant Vessel List U.S., 1916
Steam Screw METEOR. U.S. No. 17570. Of 956.82 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1871
Barge NELSON BLOOM. Of 549 tons. Built at Cleveland in 1864 by Quayle & Martin, rebuilt in 1882. Owned by Harran, et al. Home port, Algonac. Value $178,000. Class A 2. REMARKS. -- Rebuilt on bottom of propeller METEOR.
      Inland lloyds Vessel Register, 1884
Schooner NELSON BLOOM.* U. S. No. 17570. Of 549.42 tons gross; 521.95 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1863. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 197.7 x 31.2 x 11.3
      * Formerly schooner [sic] METEOR
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $26,000
Remarks: Rebuilt as Schr. NELSON BLOOM
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    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
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Meteor (Propeller), U17570, fire, 10 Jun 1873