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P. H. Birckhead (Propeller), U20400, fire, 30 Sep 1905

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Propeller P.H. BIRCKHEAD, U.S. No. 20400, built 1870 of 495 gross tons. Burned September 30, 1905 at Alpena, Mich, No lives lost. Vessel total loss.
      Loss of American Vessels
      1906 List of Merchant Vessels, U.S.A.

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Alpena, Oct. 10. -- The wreck of the steamer P.H. BRICKHEAD and her cargo of coal were bought by the Murray Company of Bay City for $1,100. The BIRCKHEAD partially burned at the dock here two weeks ago.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 10, 1905

Tonawanda, Nov. 6. -- The steamer MANISTIQUE, which arrived at the Tonawandas a few days ago with the barges towed by the steamer BIRCKHEAD, burned at Alpena a few weeks ago, left for Lake Superior to dismantle the steamer SAVONA and the barge ALTA, wrecked in the recent storm. The MANISTIQUE is being fitted with a pony engine and other appliances for the work.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 6, 1905
Steam screw P.H. BIRCKHEAD. U. S. No. 20400. of 495 tons gross; 222 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich, 1870. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 156.8 x 27.9 x 11.8 Crew of 13. Of 400 indicated horsepower. Lake Freight.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.06168 Longitude: -83.43275
William R. McNeil
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P. H. Birckhead (Propeller), U20400, fire, 30 Sep 1905