The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Union (Ferry), fire, 16 Jun 1876

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The ferry UNION burned to the water's edge at her dock below Black River, in this city last night and sank about midnight. The UNION was brought here last fall to assist in keeping the river free of ice so that cars could be crossed, but was not needed, as there was no obstruction to overcome at this point, and she has been laid up ever since. The boat keeper and his family were rescued by the men of the cutter FESSENDEN.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, June 17, 1876

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Captain Fred Merryman, of the Coast Wrecking Company, has purchased the Ferry UNION, which lies sunk about two miles below Port Huron. She will probably be raised, or her engine and boiler taken out, and the hull allowed to rest in its present position.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 16, 1876
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      The burned ferry UNION's hull was taken into the drydock yesterday, where she will be caulked up and the iron taken out of her. It is not known what disposition will be made of her hull.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, April 30, 1877

      paddle-wheel passenger steamer UNION, of 1190 tons. Built Windsor, Ont., 1857. Of 163 x 33 x 10. DISPOSITION:-- Burnt at Port Huron, Mich., June 16, 1876
      Prelm. List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930

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Reason: fire
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.97086 Longitude: -82.42491
William R. McNeil
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Union (Ferry), fire, 16 Jun 1876