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Maine (Propeller), U16445, fire, 22 May 1880

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About 2:15 this morning the N. T. propellor MAINE, lying at her dock here loading jute butts and sugar for Toledo, was discovered on fire in the after hold, The hatches were down when smoke was discovered and when they were raised to discover what was causing it, the flames burst out in volumes, showing that the whole interior of the vessel below her decks, was on fire, The engines were set to work pumping water on the fire but the worknen were driven ashore by the flames. The burning vessel was set adrlft to save the dock and wharehouse, The propeller MILWAUKEE, lying just ahead of her, had to put out into the stream too, to avoid the flames. The MAINE moved slorly down stream until she struck the eddy just above the waterworks, when she sheared off and headed across the river, bringing up on the sand point which extends down from Point Edward between the river and Sarnia Bay, where she lay until the fire had burned to the water's edge, when she filled and sank. She was built in Cleveland and was of 446.43 tons register
      Port Huron Daily Tomes
      Saturday, May 22, 1880

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Port Huron, Mich., May 22. -- About 2:15 this morning the propeller MAINE, of the N. T. Co. Line, while lying at the company's dock loading a cargo of jute butts, potash, and sugar for Toledo, was discovered to be on fire in the after hold by some workmen. The hatches were down, and when raised, the flames burst out in volumes, showing that the whole interior of the vessel was on fire below decks. The alarm was given, and all the pumps were brought to play upon the fire, which had gained such headway as to endanger the warehouses. It was found necessary to cast loose the propeller's lines. After the burning vessel was about twenty feet from the dock, Captain Weaver, who had gone aboard to try and save the books and papers, appeared on her deck. He took the situation in at a glance, and jumped in the river. A line was thrown to him, and he was pulled out. The propeller drifted to the Canadian bank, and came to a stop below Point Edward. Her hull is a total loss, and is insured, but the exact amount is not known by the general agents at this point. She was valued at 20,000, and built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 11862, by Stevens and Presley for the Northern Transportation Company. Her custom register was 146.43-100 tons.
      The J.W. hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May, 1880

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A lighter has been placed alongside the wreck of the burned propeller MAINE and her engine and boiler will be taken out and brought to this side.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 25, 1880

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The wreck of the burned propeller MAINE has been brought to this side and is now in the Wolverine drydock.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, June 11, 1880

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      The old hull of the burned propeller MAINE is being rebuilt into a steam barge at Dunford and Alverson.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, January 20, 1881
The propeller MAINE is in the drydock of Dunford & Alverston, Port Huron, being rebuilt and converted into a steambarge for the lumber trade, by Captain Barney Wilds, of Detroit. There will be but little left of the old MAINE when she comes out. She has been spread two feet, making her twenty six feet wide, all new frames, new plank from the water-line up, and will cost about $21,000.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, April/July, 1881
      Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 446.43 gross tons. 311 horsepower. Home port, Cleveland, O.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871
Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 322.29 gross tons; 255.28 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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    Latitude: 42.97086 Longitude: -82.42491
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Maine (Propeller), U16445, fire, 22 May 1880