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Lady Franklin (Propeller), U14827, fire, 28 Sep 1876

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The prop. LADY FRANKLIN is reported as having burned to the water's edge at Malden, opposite Detroit, Tuesday. The mate was drowned and the captain severely burned. The LADY FRANKLIN was rated B1, valued at about $10,000, and the property of Drake & Co. of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 28, 1876 3-5

The steam barge LADY FRANKLIN burned Tuesday at 3 a. m. near the Amherstburg Lime Kilms, about 3 miles from the town while moored near Clark's dock. One was killed. She was 242.63 tons burthen and was built in Chicago in March 1861, and for several years carried passengers between Cleveland and Port Stanley, but two years ago was fitted out as a lumber freight boat to run between Saginaw, Cleveland, and other ports.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, September 28, 1876

We find in the Detroit Free Press the following account of the burning of the steam barge LADY FRANKLIN.
      Yesterday morning about 10 o'clock Captain Stephen Grummond, of the Tug Association, received the following dispatch:
      Amherstburg, Sept. 27, 9;30 A. M.
      Captain S. B. Grummond;
      LADY FRANKLIN burned at Clark's Dock. Mate lost. Captain and crew injured. (signed) H.G. Duff.
The officers of the MARINE CITY and RUBY reported that as they passed near Clark's dock yesterday morning they saw the smouldering ruins of the abandoned vessel. No further particulars than the above were ascertained till in the afternoon, when a reporter of the Free Press encountered the Captain of the steam barge MAR'Y MILLS, who related the following:
Tuesday evening tbe Lady franklin passed down the river, bound for Lake Erie, with the schooner VANDERBILT and one other vessel in tow. On her arrival at about midnight she cast loose her tow and steamed up to Clark's wharf, which is situated near the lime kilns,or just above the Canada Southern crossing. It was about half an hour past midnight when her forward line was run out and made fast to the dock, and as the boat struck the wharf Mr. Tucker went ashore in search of a doctor for bis son, Captain George l'ucker, master of the FRANKLIN, who was very sick. In the meantime the deck bands, together with the mate and watchman, who had been ordered to turn in, retired to their bunks and were soon fast asleep.
Shortlv after 2 the elder Tucker returned, when he discovered the forward part of the boat in flames and gave tbe alarm. So rapidly
had the flames advanced that all efforts to subdue them were found unavailing. The captain and ten men, scarcely awakened from their sleep, were forced to leave everything but their necessary clothing behind and by jumping Into the river and swimming to the shore made tbeir escape.
The mate, when first seen after the outbreak of tbe fire was aft. separated from the deck by a wall of fire, whicb, gradually nearing
him, forced him to leap over the stern into the river. In reply to one of tbe deck hands inquirIng whether he could swim or not,he replied that he could; but be hardly made a dozen strokes before he was seen to disappear beneath the surface. As he was a good swimmer, and was but a short distance from sbore, it is thought that be was seized with a cramp. His name could not be ascertained. although it is known that he was single and the support of a widowed mother.
The LADY FRANKLIN was built and launched at Chicago. in March,1861. and was of 242.63 tons burden. Within the past two years she wss run as a passenger boat between Cleveland and and Port Stanley, on the Canadian shore. Two years ago sbe was altered into a lumber barge, and bas been engaged in the lumber trade between Saginaw and Ohio porls. She was valued at about $8,000 and ??????(unreadable piece????.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 29, 1876

Six of the LADY FRANKLIN's crew are now in Detroit in destitute circumstances having lost their clothing and effects in the late fire. John Shea, John Bond, John Anderson, Henry North, John H. Craft and John Ingraham are the names.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 3, 1876 3-6

      The history of the tug LADY FRANKLIN is given by a Kingston exchange: The tug LADY FRANKLIN is being torn to pieces and the engine taken out for transference to the tug now building. The old boiler will not be used. The FRANKLIN was built in Cleveland in 1861 by Quayle & Martin. For some time she did towing upon the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. She had at that time the engines which were afterwards placed in the tug TORNADO, which in 1870 was blown up at Oswego, and was subsequently purchased by Sylvester Bros., Toronto, from Smith & Post, of Oswego. In 1871 Mr. Chaffee of this city purchased her. He did not keep her long, as in the same year she was purchased by Captain James F. Allen, and has been in service up to a short time ago.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 5, 1881
Propeller LADY FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 14827. Of 341 tons. Built Chicago, Ill., 1861. First home port, Chicago, Ill. DISPOSITION:-- Burnt Nov. 7, 1877. Rig changed to barge Dec. 3, 1882.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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Lady Franklin (Propeller), U14827, fire, 28 Sep 1876