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Nile (Propeller), exploded boiler, 21 May 1864

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Propeller NILE, of 650 tons, built Cleveland 1852. Exploded her boiler at Detroit May 21, 1864 with the loss of 13 lives.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 to 1868. Lytle-Holdcamper List

      Work of raising the NILE has been resumed.
      Chicago Times
      April 15, 1865

Yesterday, so it is stated, a party of wreckers were at work on the wreck of the propeller NILE, which lies submerged on the shoal below the foot of Belle Isle. They are to take out the shaft, wheel, bedplate, brasses, etc., and possibly some of the railway frogs which formed a part of her cargo when disaster overtood her. Who all this property belongs to, and what it will be used for, no one seems to know.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, May 8, 1879

In 1857 [sic] the propeller NILE exploded her boilers while lying at a Detroit dock and over 20 passengers were killed. The wreck was removed to the foot of Belle river where it laid until removed by explosives a few days ago.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Thursday, August 3, 1882

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 13
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Nile (Propeller), exploded boiler, 21 May 1864