PARTIAL BURNING OF THE " JOHN A. DIX."
Associated Press Dispatch
Milwaukee, September 2. - About 7:30 this evening the steamer JOHN A. DIX, while lying alongside the Goodrich dock, caught fire in the after hold. The city engines were promptly on the spot, and with great difficulty succeeded in extinguishing the fire befor it had reached the upper works. The DIX should have left for the east shore at 7 o'clock, but was fortunately detained taking on freight. The loss is estimated from $5,000 to $10,000 on the boat, and from $2,000 to $30,000 on freight. No insurance on the latter, which consisted of feed, groceries, etc. About 25 passengers were on board. The DIX had an insurance value of $20,000, and was insured $5,000 each in the Royal Canadian, West Toronto and Phoenix.
Detroit Post & Tribune
Tuesday, September 3, 1878
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Steam paddle JOHN A. DIX. U. S. No. 75440. Of 529.61 tons gross; 310.35 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y. 1865. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 172.8 x 27.6 x 10.9 Of 300 Nominal horse power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891