The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary R. Robinson (Propeller), fire, 29 Jul 1872

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Canadian steam barge. Masters name unknown. Bound from Chicago to Chatim (Chatham, Ont.). Cargo wheat, no lives lost.
The Steam Barge MARY R. ROBINSON with a Schooner in tow, took fire off hog island Shoal on the night of the 29th, July at 9:30 P. M. Fine Clear night, wind S. E. She was Loaded with wheat, which proved a total loss. She was towed afterwards by the tug LEVIATHAN to Chatim (Chatham) in Canada.
      Keepers Journal Waugoshance Lighthouse
      July 29, 1872.

The propeller M. R. ROBINSON, which left Chicago on the 27th of July for Collingwood with 16,500 bushels of wheat on board, was totally destroyed by fore on the night of the 29th, when off Skillagalee Lighthouse. The crew barely escaped with their lives.
      Meaford Monitor
      Thursday, August 8, 1872
      The steam barge MARY ROBINSON was burned near Mackinac on July 29. The crew escaped to a vessel which was in tow.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Saturday, August 3, 1872
NOTE: -- Rebuilt as SIMCOE

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Rebuilt as SIMCOE
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.89222 Longitude: -85.34369
William R. McNeil
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Mary R. Robinson (Propeller), fire, 29 Jul 1872