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Island Belle (Propeller), fire, 6 Sep 1885

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The propeller ISLAND BELLE was burnt in Detroit River Sunday morning. Her hull and machinery were saved by scuttling her in 7 feet of water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 7, 1885

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Steamer ISLAND BELLE, of Detroit. 86 tons and built 1877, burned at Detroit September 6, 1885 and became a total loss. No cargo. Value of loss $10,000.
      Total Losses on the Lakes, 1885
      Cleveland Leader
      December 7, 1885

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ISLAND BELL, Steamer burnt at Detroit Sept. 6, 1885, she was 86 tons and was built in 1877. Owned by Barker, Home Port, Detroit. Value of loss $10,000. Considered total loss.
      Casualty List , 1885
      Marine Record
      December 24, 1885
NOTE. The ISLAND BELLE, U.S. No. 80889 is still listed in the 1889 Merchant Vessel List, U.S. ?

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Remarks: Repaired ?
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Island Belle (Propeller), fire, 6 Sep 1885