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Lady Franklin (Propeller), U14827, fire, 27 Sep 1876

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Detroit, Sept. 27. -- The steamer LADY FRANKLIN was burned at an early hour this morning while lying at the dock at Amherstburg, Ont. The captain and crew, with the exception of the first mate, who was drowned, were rescued.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 28, 1876

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THE BURNING OF THE LADY FRANKLIN. -- We find in the Detroit Free Press the following account of the burning of the steam barge LADY FRANKLIN:
Yesterday morning about 10 o'clock Captain Steven Grummond, of the Tug Association, received the following dispatch:
      AMHERSTBURG, Sept, 27, 9:30 A. M.
Captain S. B. Grummond:
LADY FRANKLIN burned at Clark's dock. Mate lost. Captain and crew injured.
      H. G. Duffy.
The officers of the MARINE CITY and RUBY reported that as they passed near Clark's dock yesterday morning they saw the smoldering ruins of the abandoned vessel. No further particulars than the above were ascertained till in the afternoon, when a reporter of the Free Press encountered the Captain of the steam barge MARY MILLS, who related the following:
Tuesday evening the LADY FRANKLIN passed down the river, bound for Lake Erie, with the schooner VANDERBILT and one other vessel in tow. On her arrival at about midnight she cast loose her tow and teamed up to Clark's wharf, which is situated near the Lime kilns, or just above the Canada Southern crossing. It was about half an hour past midnight when her forward line was run out and made fast to the dock, and as the boat struck the wharf Mr. Tucker went ashore in search of a doctor for his son, Captain George Tucker, master of the FRANKLIN, who was very sick. In the meantime the deck hands, together with the mate and watchman, who had been ordered to turn in, retired to their bunks and were soon fast asleep.
Shortly after 2 the elder Tucker returned, when he discovered the forward part of the boat in flames and gave the alarm. So rapidly had the flames advanced that all efforts to subdue them were found unavailing. The captain and ten men, scarcely awakened from their sleep, were forced to leave everything but their necessary clothing behind, and by jumping into the river and swimming to the shore made their escape.
The mate, when first seen after the outbreak of the fire, was aft, separated from the deck by a wall of fire, which, gradually nearing him, forced him to leap over the stern into the water. In reply to one of the deck hands inquiring whether he could swim or not, he replied that he could; but he hardly made a dozen strokes before he was seen to disappear beneath the surface. As he was a good swimmer, and was but a short distance from shore, it is thought that he was seized with a cramp. His name could not be ascertained, although it is known that he was single and the support of a widowed mother.
The Lady Franklin was built and launched at Chicago, in March, 1861, and was of 242.63 tons burden. Within the past two years she was run as a passenger boat between Cleveland and Port Stanley, on the Canadian shore. Two years ago she was altered into a lumber barge, and has been engaged in the lumber trade between Saginaw and Ohio ports. She was valued at about $8,000 and is uninsured.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, September 29, 1876

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THE FRANKLIN FIRE. -- It is reported that the fire which destroyed the steam barge LADY FRANKLIN Tuesday night originated near the boilers. It is stated that three days previous the watchman discovered a fire near her boilers, but as it had obtained but little headway, succeeded in putting it out. The name of the unfortunate mate who was drowned is Richard Brown, a resident of Saginaw. --- Free Press.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, September 30, 1876

CREW OF THE LADY FRANKLIN. -- Six of the crew of the LADY FRANKLIN are now in Detroit, in destitute circumstances, having lost their clothing and effects in the late fire. John Shea, John Bond, John Anderson, Henry North, John H. Craft and Frank Ingraham are the names of the survivors, now at Detroit. Captain George Tucker who was quite sick at the time of the fire, is now confined to his bed, and will probably be laid up for two or three weeks. John H. Craft, the steward, was badly burned, and will suffer for some time from the injuries he received.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 2, 1876

      The history of the tug LADY FRANKLIN is given by a Kingston exchange: The tug LADY FRANKLIN is being torn to pieces and the engine taken out for transference to the tug now building. The old boiler will not be used. The FRANKLIN was built in Cleveland in 1861 by Quayle & Martin. For some time she did towing upon the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers. She had at that time the engine which was afterward placed in the tug TORNADO, which in 1870 was blown up at Oswego. From Detroit the FRANKLIN went to Oswego, and was subsequently purchased by Sylvester Bros., Toronto, from Smith & Post, of Oswego. In 1871 Mr. Chaffee of this city purchased her. He did not keep her long, as, in the same year she was purchased by Capt. James F. Allen, and has been in service up to a short time ago.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, August 5, 1881
Propeller LADY FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 14827. Of 341 tons. Built Chicago, Ill., 1861. First home port, Chicago, Ill. DISPOSITION:-- Burnt Nov. 7, 1877. Rig changed to barge Dec. 3, 1882.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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Lady Franklin (Propeller), U14827, fire, 27 Sep 1876