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Eighth Ohio (Propeller), U8184, fire, 19 Aug 1877

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      Detroit, Aug. 10. - The propeller EIGHTH OHIO burned at 2 o'clock this morning while lying at Fox's dock, Windsor. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. The propeller was valued at $10,000. Fully insured.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 20, 1877

The propeller EIGHTH OHIO, lying at Windsor, was completely destroyed by fire on Sunday morning. The fire originated in the bow of the boat, which was filled with 10 or 12 cords of wood, and it is supposed to be the work of an incendary. She was insured a few weeks ago for $10,000.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, August 25, 1877

NOTE - The EIGHTH OHIO, in other references was called MIDLAND, but whether the name change was official or not?

      The old steamer EIGHTH OHIO, which was burned to the water's edge on the Windsor side of the river early yesterday morning, was insured for $10,000 a few weeks ago. She was built in Sandusky, we believe, nearly fifteen years since, as a side-wheeler, and converted into a propeller in 1874 or 1875. She had nothing on board except a few cords of wood. The tugs LYON and BOB ANDERSON, lying alongside, were both considerably damaged, the former probably as much as $2,500, the latter about $500. The tugs are owned by Captain Demass, and, having been out of commission all the season, were, very likely, insured. - Detroit Post.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 22, 1877

      The steamer EIGHTH OHIO, burned and sank at Sandwich, Canada, not long ago, is to be raised by the Canadian Wrecking Company, in the interest of her insurers.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 9, 1877

The steamer EIGHTH OHIO, which burned and sunk at Windsor some time ago, is in process of being raised, and she probably would have been afloat to-day but for an unknown scow yesterday morning running into the work and demolishing it. Unable to find lighters on the other side, and not being allowed to employ American ones, the contractor drove a row of piles on each side of the sunken craft. Across the piles beams were stretched, and by the help of jack-screws the OHIO was gradually coming to daylight. But, as already said, a scow upset the calculations in passing, tearing out three of the piles on one side and letting the beams down to the water. The contractors have the scows anchor and chain to console them for their loss. She probably won't call for the articles. - Detroit Post.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 25, 1877

      After much tribulations the steamer EIGHTH OHIO, which has been submerged at a point between Windsor and Sandwich, since being burned last year, was finally raised yesterday noon. She was taken to Clark's dry dock, where a survey will be held, and it is probable a rebuild, for it is understood the insurance companies think they can put her in shape for less money than her policy represents.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 14, 1877

The EIGHTH OHIO was raised yesterday at Windsor and brought to Detroit where she was seized by the U. S. Marshall.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 14, 1877

Steam screw EIGHTH OHIO. U. S. No. 8184. Of 106.70 gross tons; 55,94 tons net. Built Sandusky, O., 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 124.0 x 20.6 x 6.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Remarks: Rebuilt
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    Latitude: 42.30008 Longitude: -83.01654
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Eighth Ohio (Propeller), U8184, fire, 19 Aug 1877