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Lake Breeze (Propeller), fire, 26 Nov 1878

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Leamington, Nov. 26. -- The propeller LAKE BREEZE, of the Leamington, Amherstburg and Windsor Line, burned to the water's edge today. William H. Bush (colored) was burned to death.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, November 27, 1878

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      The steamer LAKE BREEZE, running between Windsor and Leamington, was burned Tuesday morning at her dock at Leamington. One man perished in the flames.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 29, 1878

THE LAKE BREEZE BURNED:--The following is a copy of a dispatch received at Windsor yesterday:
      Jas. Cornish, Deputy Marshal, Windsor, Ont.
      LAKE BREEZE entirely burned. One life lost. See Reynolds about insurance. Wire me instructions. I write by stage. [signed Wm. Sharpe]
The LAKE BREEZE was insured for $5,000, as follows: British American of Toronto, McCrae & Son, of Windsor, agents $2,000; Mercantile of Waterloo, Ont., R.A. Reynolds agents, Windsor; $3,000. The LAKE BREEZE was attached on the claim of Mr. Neveaux, of Windsor, Saturday, for $57. Mr. Cornish, Deputy Marshal, had her in charge, and placed Mr. Wm. Sharpe on board as shipkeeper, who gave her permission to make this trip, as she was intending to lay up on her arrival here. Mr. Cornish had money placed in his hands as bonds to secure the claim. The vessel was owned by Capt. La Framboise, her present master, and others. Capt. La Framboise was the largest owner.
LATER:-- The LAKE BREEZE was still burning at 10 A. M. Tuesday. A colored man from Amherstburg, named Luther Bush, was burned to death. Capt. La Framboise and his engineer were badly injured in trying to rescue him. The BREEZE was built in Toledo by Bailey Bros., in June 1868; 196 tons new register, and her classified rate was B 2, valued at $5,500. She has altogether a notable career, and has been running on a number of routes.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, November 27, 1878

Capt. LaFramboise has purchased a handsome and commodious steamer for the Windsor, Leamington and Point Pelee route, in place of the LAKE BREEZE, recently burned at Leamington.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, December 12, 1878

The steambarge ADA E. ALLEN is waiting outside the Detroit Dry Dock for her turn at the shears, to take out her old boiler and replace it with one that did service in the propeller LAKE BREEZE, buirned last summer.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, May 6, 1879
The boiler, formerly in the propeller LAKE BREEZE was put into the steam barge ADA E. ALLEN yesterday. The boat afterwards went into the Detroit dry dock.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Sunday, May 11, 1879
Steam screw LAKE BREEZE. U. S. No. 15572. Of 196 tons gross. Built Toledo, Ohio in 1868, by Bailey Bros., Of 126.6 x 24.6 x 8.5. Vessel sold foreign in 1875.
      Herman Runge Notes

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.0549 Longitude: -82.6062
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Lake Breeze (Propeller), fire, 26 Nov 1878