The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Propeller), fire, 2 Dec 1888

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Sandusky, Dec. 3. - The propeller MICHIGAN, owned by Flower Bros., of Detroit, burned to the water's edge in the lake about 10 miles off this shore, yesterday. She left Cleveland with 3 barges in tow and was to lay up at Detroit for repairs. The fire caught in some unknown manner in the hold and when discovered was beyond control. The crew lowered away the small boats and rowed in safety to the first barge. The burning boat was sighted by the tug BUFFALO, which was lying off Kelley's Island, and which hurried to her, made a line fast to her bow and brought her here. The propeller was almost completely destroyed before reaching here. The fire was put out here and the machinery will be saved, but it is in badly damaged condition. Nothing but a shell remains of the craft. Her barges are at anchor off Kelley's Island.
      The MICHIGAN was valued at $6,000.
      The MICHIGAN was rated in Inland Lloyds Register B 2, was 180 tons burthen and was valued in the register at $6,000, and by her owners at $7,000. She was insured for $5,500.
      Detroit News
      December 3, 1888

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Reason: fire
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Propeller), fire, 2 Dec 1888