The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
B. W. Blanchard (Propeller), fire, 28 Jun 1885

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The Union line prop. B.W. BLANCHARD, which caught fire at Milwaukee on Sunday night and was scuttled, is insured against fire to the extent of $35,000. She had on a cargo for Buffalo, fully insured. Her main deck was seven ft. under water. Divers stopped several holes in her hull, and at 8:00 last night the water in her hold had been lowered 3 ft. About 400 sacks of flour were taken off her deck in good condition, but the other 2,700 sacks, loaded at Milwaukee, were badly damaged. It is claimed that the fire was caused by spontanious combustion in the coal bunkers.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 30, 1885 3-3

      Propeller B.W. BLANCHARD of Buffalo, built 1870 and of 1,024 tons. On June 28, 1885 vessel damaged by fire at Milwaukee, Lake Michigan. Value of property loss $20,000. Cargo of sundries.
      List of Partial Lake Losses, 1885
      Cleveland Leader
      December 7, 1885

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Reason: fire
Hull damage: $20,000
Freight: sundries
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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B. W. Blanchard (Propeller), fire, 28 Jun 1885