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Post Boy (Propeller), U150428, fire, 7 Aug 1905

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Holland, Aug. 7 - The stmr. POST BOY, owned by the Macatawa Park Association which burned today, will be a total loss. Fire started in the boiler-room while the steamer was at her dock, and was quickly beyond control. Several yachts lying in the vicinity of the burned steamer were badly scorched. The burned boat was worth $7,500 and was insured for $5,000. She was used to carry passengers between resorts on Macatawa Bay, and her loss at the height of the summer season will be very inconveint. The POST BOY had a long and lively career. She was built in 1888 and traded for a time in Saginaw River. During the World's Fair she stranded on Hyde Park Reef in a heavy storm with a lot of passengers on board. All were saved and the steamer lived to engage in the bitter fight of the next two seasons. She was then taken to Macatawa Park, where her life was not as strenuous.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 7, 1905

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POST BOY Built April 4, 1888 Passenger Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 150428 123 gt -80 nt 78' x 21.4' x 5.8'
Burned at Holland, Mich., August 8, 1905; 2 lives lost.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

Steam screw POST BOY. U. S. No. 150428. Of 123 gross tons. Built 1888. On August 8, 1905 vessel burned at Holland, Mich. With 2 persons on board, no lives were lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal year, 1906

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Reason: fire
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.78752 Longitude: -86.10893
William R. McNeil
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Post Boy (Propeller), U150428, fire, 7 Aug 1905