The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit (Steamboat), fire, 1 Sep 1875

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The old ferry DETROIT, formerly plying between Windsor and Woodward Avenue but lately running between Springwells to Sandwich, was burnt last Friday morning between three and four o'clock. She was moored to the Sandwich dock at the time the fire broke out, but when it was apparent that the total destruction of the craft could not be prevented she was cut adrift and, enveloped in flames, drifted down to the River Rouge, where what was left of her sunk to the bottom. Engineer Bean was on board when the fire started and escaped with some difficulty. No 1 Hose Company went down from Windsor, but of course could do nothing, nevertheless Mayor Girardot desires them to accept his thanks for thus showing their willingness to render assistance. W, P,. Campbell of Detroit owned the boat and valued her at $10,000 and had an insurance of $7,000. The DETROIT was built at Algonac eleven years ago and was valued when new at $16,000. Her hull, engine and boiler will probably be saved, bringing the loss to about $8,000.
      Amherstburg Echo
      October 1, 1875

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.28318 Longitude: -83.05925
William R. McNeil
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Detroit (Steamboat), fire, 1 Sep 1875