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City of Kalamazoo (Propeller), U126949, fire, 30 Nov 1896

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Two Men Burned to Death on the "City of Kalamazoo" at South Haven.
South Haven, Nov. 30. - The steamer CITY OF KALAMAZOO, owned by the H. W. Williams Transfer Company, took fire at about 4:30 this morning, and is almost a total loss.
Robert Van Ostrand of this place and Joseph Lang of Covert, who were on the boat, were overcome by smoke and burned to death. Three other men escaped. Van Ostrand was a single man, but Lang had a family. The origin of the fire is unknown. There was good insurance on the boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, November 30, 1896
The steamer CITY OF KALAMAZOO burned at South Haven this morning and two are dead.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 30, 1896

Steam screw CITY OF KALAMAZOO. U. S. No. 126949. Of 729 tons gross; 563 tons net. Built South Haven, Mich., 1893. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 161.7 x 31.8 x 12.5 Of 1,000 Nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900

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Reason: fire
Lives: 2
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.40309 Longitude: -86.27364
William R. McNeil
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City of Kalamazoo (Propeller), U126949, fire, 30 Nov 1896