The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. Holt (Propeller), fire, 21 Jun 1878

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Port Huron, June 22. -- Yesterday at 2 P. M., the steamer J. HOLT, bound from Wallaceburg to Chatham with an assorted cargo, caught fire at her smokestack, when about three miles from the East Passage on Lake St. Clair. Strong efforts were made by the crew and passengers to control the flames, but a strong wind was blowing at the time and all efforts proved fruitless. She burned to the water's edge. The crew and passengers, eight persons in all, managed to launch the small boat. The boat was well loaded down and was managed with difficulty in the heavy sea that was running, , but by strong exertion they were able to reach the passage again and disembarked at Wallaceburg. The HOLT was owned by Capt. H. Bury and was insured for a small amount.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 23, 1878

The small passenger steamer J. HOLT, running between Chatham and Wallaceburg was burned on Lake St. Clair Friday afternoon. The passengers and crew escaped in the small boats.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, June 22, 1878

      The propeller J. HOLT. of 60 tons, valued at about $3,000.
      Tonnage Lost in 1878
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      December 17, 1878

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Reason: fire
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
William R. McNeil
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J. Holt (Propeller), fire, 21 Jun 1878