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Thomas D. Stimson (Propeller), U25992, fire, 30 Jun 1903

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The 468 ton steamer THOMAS D. STIMSON, owned by Capt. A.B. Slyfield of Port Huron, burned to the water's edge early this morning near Star Island House. She was bound down with lumber. She burned near where the steamer FORBES burned last year. The STIMSON was built at Mount Clemens 22 years ago and was originally the barge VIRGINIUS. She was made into a steambarge by Chicago parties. The crew escaped.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, June 30, 1903

      A telephone message to Detroit yesterday told of the burning of the propeller T. D. STIMSON, downbound, to the water's edge near Star Island in St. Clair River. The boat is a wooden vessel, built in 1881. She is owned by A. B. Slyfield of Port Huron and her cargo of lumber was fully insured.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 1, 1903

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A statement from Detroit says that the burning of the lumber-laden schooner THOMAS D. STIMSON, in St. Clair River will not be as serious as was first reported. Though she was burned to the water's edge her main deck is not damaged and she can be raised and rebuilt. Her cargo is not entirely damaged, it being thought that at least one-fourth can be saved.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, July 3, 1903
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It has been learned that the propeller THOMAS D. STIMSON, which was burned a few days ago in St. Clair river, was bound for Tonawanda with a cargo of lumber from Marinette. The vessel valued at $20,000 was insured for only $5,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 2, 1903

      U. S. Engineer Maj. Bixby of the Detroit district has been notified by the owner of the propeller STIMSON, which was burned three weeks ago, that they have abandoned the vessel and as soon as the underwriters are heard from the wreck will be blown up. Though the owners of the sunken barge CHAMPION have not abandoned her, after 30 days she will be dynamited by the government. Both vessels are in dangerous places.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, July 23, 1903

The wreck of the steamer T.D. STIMSON which is lying in bank of the St. Clair River near the Flats, has been sold to Pablov & Son of Buffalo. The wreck will be brought to Port Huron and rebuilt.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 10, 1903
      Steam screw THOMAS D. STIMSON.* U.S. No. 25992. Of 509.82 tons gross; 468.37 tons net. Built at Mount Clemens, Mich. in 1881. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 160.6 x 31.0 x 11.6
* Formerly schooner VIRGINIUS.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
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Thomas D. Stimson (Propeller), U25992, fire, 30 Jun 1903