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Middlesex (Propeller), U91307, fire, 17 Nov 1881

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Detroit, Nov. 18. -- D. Whitney, of Detroit, received word that his new steambarge MIDDLESEX was burned to the water's edge at Penquaning, L'Anse Bay. The MIDDLESEX was launched last fall, receiving her machinery this spring, and was one of the best in the lunber trade. Her value was $48,000. There was no insurance.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, November 19, 1881

The steambarge MIDDLESEX burned to the water's edge at L'Anse, Lake Superior, Friday morning, while lying at Hebard & Thurbers' timber dock. She had just arrived light, and the fire broke out in her cabin, and as a heavy gale was blowing at the time, it was impossible to save her or even get below to scuttle her. It is believed that what little is left of her is not worth much, and the wreck now lies on a neighboring point broken in two. The MIDDLESEX was owned by David Whitney jr., Detroit, and was valued by him at 65,000. She was rated A 1, and the Inland Lloyd's registered value of the craft was $18,000, and she was not insured. She was built by Simon Langell, of Marine City, last year. No lives were lost in the fire.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Nov./Dec., 1881

The tug ONTARIO arrived down Wednesday afternoon with the remains of what was the steam barge MIDDLESEX. There is but little of her left. In many places she is burned to the water's edge. The MIDDLESEX was destroyed by fire at La Anse last fall and will be rebuilt at Algonac.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Thursday, October 9, 1882

      The bottom of the propeller MIDDLESEX, burned several years ago at L'Anse, was hauled out some time ago at Algonac and has been rebuilt into a handsome and substantial schooner. She is 192 feet long, 33 feet 6 inches beam, 14 feet depth of hold at the forward hatch. her bottom is of 6-inch oak. There is a hanging knee to every second beam, and the ship has been thoroughly refastened. She has five hatches and three schooner-rigged masts. The schooner is the property of Commodore Allen, Abram Smith, and Captain Albert Steward, and will be commanded by the last named gentleman.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug./Dec., 1883
Schooner MIDDLESEX. U. S. No. 91307. Of 618 gross tons; 587 tons net. Built St. Clair, Mich. 1881. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 186.0 x 32.5 x 12.4.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.83882 Longitude: -88.40179
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Middlesex (Propeller), U91307, fire, 17 Nov 1881