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Champion (Propeller), fire, 12 Jul 1876

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Detroit, July 12. -- The steamer CHAMPION was burned on Lake St. Clair this afternoon. The captain and crew were saved by a sailing vessel.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, July 13, 1876
THE LOSS OF THE CHAMPION. -- The Detroit Post gives the following account of the burning of the steamer on Lake Huron (sic) noted in telegraph yesterday:
The CHAMPION was an old craft of about forty tons burthen, and was valued at about $2,000. She was commanded by Captain Frank Roberts, of Chatham, and was owned in Windsor. Her cargo was valued at $300. The fire originated in the hold and spread so rapidly that Captain Roberts and his crew of four men were obliged to jump aboard the sand scow and fight the flames. A portion of the hull, parts of the engine and her boiler will be saved, as well as part of the cargo. No lives were lost.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, July 14, 1876
      Quinn, the submarine diver, lost a $500 diving suit by the burning of the tug CHAMPION.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 20, 1876

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
William R. McNeil
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Champion (Propeller), fire, 12 Jul 1876