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Fountain City (Propeller), U9680, fire, 5 May 1896

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Sturgeon Bay, May 5. -- The old steamerFOUNTAIN CITY was partly burned last night while being repaired and put in condition for service. The loss will amount to about $6,000. The steamer is owned by John Leatham of Sturgeon Bay and B.F. Davidson of Chicago.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      May 6, 1896

Propeller FOUNTAIN CITY, burnt May 5, 1896 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. A total loss.
      Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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      Chicago men have bought the burned hull of the old steamer FOUNTAIN CITY, lying in Sturgeon Bay, from the Leatham & Smith Towing & Wrecking company. The hull has been submerged for a number of years. It is said the craft will be fitted for the course freight trade. Considerable money will be necessary to make the vessel seaworthy.
      Saginaw Courier-herald
      September 30, 1900

The burned steamer FOUNTAIN CITY, now being raised at Sturgeon Bay, is to be taken to Chicago and converted into a floating dry-dock for small vessels.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 23, 1900
General Marine Notes. -- At Sturgeon Bay Capt. Isbell is raising the burnt hull of the old steamer FOUNTAIN CITY.
      Duluth News Tribune
      October 9, 1901

screw FOUNTAIN CITY. U. S. No. 9680. Of 820 tons. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1857. First home port, Cleveland, Ohio. DISPOSITION.-- Burnt May 5, 1896 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.85416 Longitude: -87.39454
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Fountain City (Propeller), U9680, fire, 5 May 1896