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Maine (Propeller), U16445, fire, 14 Apr 1898

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      Heavy Loss By Fire While Tied Up To The Dock At North Tonawanda.
North Tonawanda, April 15. - At 11:40 o'clock last night the steambarge MAINE, tied up at Rumbold & Bellinger's lumber dock caught fire. The blaze originated in the engine room and swept through the cabins and dining room and the sleeping apartments. The firemen, by prompt and heroic measures, succeeded in keeping the fire confined to the stern of the vessel. The hull burned to the water's edge and after the fire had been extinguished the boat began to settle. She lays in about 20 feet of water with her upperworks showing above the surface. The loss is said to be in the neighborhood of $10,000, fully covered by insurance. The MAINE was owned by William H. Bridges and A.C. Mclean of Bay City, Mich., from which port she hailed. Repair work was begun on the MAINE last Monday and she was to have started up the lakes for a cargo of lumber on Monday. She will be raised and repaired immediately. Her owners are expected here tomorrow.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, April 15, 1898

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The steamer MAINE caught fire at Tonawands Friday and burned. The work of fitting out was going on and it is not known what caused the fire. She was insured for $13,ooo
      Port huron Daily Times
      Saturday, April 16, 1898
The contract for raising the burned steamer MAINE at Tonawanda has been awarded to Connelly Brothers of Buffalo for $800.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, April 28, 1898

      The stmr. MAINE which was burned and sunk at Tonawanda late last season, has been floated and towed to Davidson's Bay City drydock for repairs.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      September 18, 1898

Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 446.43 gross tons. 311 horsepower. Home port, Cleveland, O.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871
Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 322.29 gross tons; 255.28 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.03867 Longitude: -78.8642
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Maine (Propeller), U16445, fire, 14 Apr 1898