The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Aug, 1877

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THE EIGHTH OHIO. - Further investigations in the burning of the steamer Eighth Ohio (lately named the Midland), on Sunday morning, confirms the suspicion that the fire was the work of an incendiary. The fire originated in the forward part of the boat, and all that remains is the hull, which is badly damaged, and the aft part of the cabin. The wreck has drifted down to Sandwich point, where it lies almost submerged by the water. The Eighth Ohio, as she was familiarly known, was an old boat, and during her time has run on various routes between Ohio and Michigan ports. Lately, through debt, she passed into the hands of Alfred Lovett, of this port, who in turn, at the opening of the present season, sold her to a Canadian party who intended running her in connection with the Midland Railroad of Canada. About $2,000 was expended on fitting her up, which was done on the Canadian side. Through some misunderstanding the railroad company failed to take her and again she came into the possession of Mr. Lovett, who about three weeks ago had her insured for $12,000, which, owning to the depreciation.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Aug, 1877