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William Cowie (Propeller), U26910, fire, 23 Nov 1890

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      At 1:40 o'clock this morning a telephone message from the Boom Company's office at Cheboyganind Creek conveyed the intelligence that the steambarge WILLIAM COWIE lying there was enveloped in flames and would undoubtedly prove a total loss. She reached there about 1 o'clock, bound up from Toledo to Saginaw and the water being low the captain stopped at the mouth of the creek, and the fire was soon after discovered. The crew had a narrow escape but all succeeded in getting ashore without saving even their clothing.
      The COWIE was owned by Charles C. Henning and John Schaitberger and was valued at $11,000, and is insured for $7,000, the policies being held at Cleveland and Bay City. She was built at Marine City in 1870, was rated B 1 and her gross tonage was 228. Capt. John Henning commanded her and last night carried a crew of five persons, a portion of the crew having been discharged prior to the vessel being laid up.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Sunday, November 23, 1890

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      The steambarge WILLIAM COWIE caught fire near Bay City Sunday and burned to the water's edge. The crew escaped but lost all their personal property. The COWIE was built in 1868 at Marine City and insured for $7,000. She was owned by Charles C. Henning and John Schaltberger of Saginaw who lost the barge WARNER in Thunder Bay without insurance.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 25, 1890

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The propeller WILLIAM COWIE which was purchased and rebuilt by Steele of Saginaw after she burned in 1890, is being converted into a tow barge.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, February 12, 1892
Steam screw WILLIAM COWIE. U. S. No. 26910. Of 208.18 tons gross; 173.75 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1868. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 133.4 x 25.0 x 9.8
      Merchant Vessel List U. S., 1891

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Became tow-barge ???
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.59447 Longitude: -83.88886
William R. McNeil
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William Cowie (Propeller), U26910, fire, 23 Nov 1890