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Edward Smith (Propeller), U135660, fire, 17 Jul 1900

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      Cleveland, O., July 17. - The large wooden steamer EDWARD SMITH, No. 2, of Buffalo, caught fire early this evening, about 12 miles off Avon Point, in Lake Erie, and at midnight was still burning. She will be a total loss. The crew escaped by launching the yawl and deserting the two barges she was towing. At 10 o'clock tonight the Great Lakes Towing Co., sent two tugs with the Cleveland Life saving crew on board to the rescue of the burning steamer. The EDWARD SMITH No. 2, was owned by Pedannis White, of Buffalo. She was of 700 tons gross tonnage, and was built in 1883, at Marine City. She was towing the consorts CONNELLY BROTHERS and PESHTIGO
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      July 18, 1900

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Cleveland, July 18. -- The steamer Ed. SMITH No. 2, which caught fire and was run ashore at Avon Point last night, is not in nearly as bad shape as was first reported. The damage is confined to the after part of the boat, and while her boilers and machinery may be in bad shape, she will be far from a total loss. Forward she is not damaged at all, and the stern is in deep water. The captain examined her today and says she can be raised.
      The SMITH had on board 1,272 tons of Mahoning ore, shipped by M. A. Hanna & Co., which is insured. The insurance on the steamer amounts to $40,000, and under the terms of the policy the loss must be 75 per cent of the valuation to constitute a total loss. O. W. Blodgett of Bay City, the managing owner of the smith, will be here tomorrow to look after the wreck.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      July 19, 1900
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      Port Huron, October 27. -- The steamer Ed. SMITH, No. 2 will be known in the future as ZILLAH. The boat was burned on Lake Erie this summer, and since has been thoroughly rebuilt. She was brought here today and her name is being changed.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 28, 1900

      It will cost about $20,000 to repair the steamer EDWARD SMITH which took fire and sank in Lake Erie, near Cleveland, a few days ago, but which is now in dry dock at Cleveland. The work of raising the SMITH was conducted by Capt. Geo. McLeod of Buffalo.
      Marine Review
      July 26, 1900

      Propeller EDWARD SMITH.* U. S. No. 136106. Of 748 gross tons; 583 net tons. Built at West Bay City, Mich., March 31, 1890. 201.0 x 37.0 x 13.0
* Renamed ZILLAH - U.S. - 1900. DISPOSITION:-- Foundered 4 miles outside Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, Aug. 29, 1926
      Master Shipbuilding List, West Bay City
      Institute for Great Lake Research
      Perrysburgh, Ohio
NOTE: the above casualty to the EDWARD SMITH is not to be confused with the prop. EDWARD SMITH, which was built at Marine City, in 1883.

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Reason: fire
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Remarks: Rebuilt as ZILLAH
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William R. McNeil
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Edward Smith (Propeller), U135660, fire, 17 Jul 1900