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George W. Roby (Barge), U86031, aground, fire, 18 Sep 1905

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Amherstburg, Sept. 19. - The barge ROBY, upbound with coal, in tow of the steamer MAJOR SHERWOOD, ran on the Limekiln Crossing last night. The Great Lakes Towing Company is now lightering part of the cargo and it is expected she can be released tonight.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 19, 1905

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      BARGE IS DESTROYED. - Amherstburg, Sept. 20. - The barge ROBY, which had been aground on the east bank of the Lime Kiln Crossing since Sunday night, was burned to the water's edge last night, by a fire which started in some unknown way. Her cargo of soft coal was also destroyed. The ROBY was owned by Becker of Cleveland. The loss is about $40,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 20, 1905

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Schooner Barge GEORGE W. ROBY U.S. No. 96031. Of 1,933 tons gross. Built 1899. Burned on September 19, 1905 at Lime Kiln Crossing, Detroit River, with 17 persons aboard but no lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906
      Detroit, Aug. 30. -- A cargo of coal in the hull of the barge GEORGE ROBY burned at the Lime Kilns last season has been sold to M. Sicken of Marine City. The hulk will be towed to Marine City, to discharge cargo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 30, 1906
      GEORGE W. ROBY Built December 15, 1888 Bulk Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 86031 1843 gt -1470 nt 281' x 41.4' x 20'
Burned in 1905 at Lime Kiln Crossing, Detroit River.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

Steam screw GEORGE W. ROBY. U. S. No. 86031. Of 1843.23 tons gross; 1,470.30 tons net. Built 1889 at West Bay City, Mich. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 281.0 x 41.4 x 20.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897
NOTE : -- The GEORGE W. ROBY became a schooner barge in 1905.

      Detroit, Oct. 17. -- The barge ROBY, which grounded and burned on the east bank at the Lime Kilns nearly a month ago, was yesterday raised by Harris W. Vaker and brought to Detroit. Both vessel and cargo were recently purchased by George W. Pfohl of Buffalo and it is not known what disposition will be made of them.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 17, 1905

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Reason: aground, fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $40,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.12588 Longitude: -83.13215
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George W. Roby (Barge), U86031, aground, fire, 18 Sep 1905