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Ira Chaffee (Propeller), U12131, fire, 9 Jul 1891

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Sault Ste. Marie, July 11. -- Schooner RHODES, consort of steamer FRY, is on Sweet's Island shoal near Detour. Is out several inches and on bad rock bottom.
      SPINNER and consorts SHAWNEE and GODFREY are aground at the Black Hole, Little Mud Lake.
      Steam barge IRA CHAFFEE, after discharging her cargo of coal, was discovered on fire around the smokestack. She was entirely destroyed, efforts to scuttle her being unsuccessful. She was owned by J. P. Sullivan of Detroit. Valued by Lloyds at $7,500; insurance $5,000.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday, July 11, 1891

The IRA CHAFFEE, after discharging her cargo of coal at Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday, was discovered on fire around the smoke stack. She was entirely destroyed. Efforts to scuttle her were unsuccessful. She is owned by J.P. Sullivan of Detroit and valued by Lloyds' at $7,500 and insured for $5.000
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, July 13, 1891
The sinking of the steamship PONTIAC, referred to elsewhere, may not result in the total loss of the boat, as she will probably be raised, although the river current, her cargo and other obstacles will make the work difficult. Two other boats that have met with accidents during the past few days will, however, be numbered among the total losses. The propeller IRA CHAFFEE, valued at $7,500 and owned by J.P. Sullivan of Detroit was entirely destroyed at the Sault Saturday, and the schooner SILVER CLOUD, which went ashore near Port Washington, Lake Michigan, on the 7th inst. with a loss of three lives, has been given up as a total loss. The steamer MARTINI, sunk near the mouth of the Detroit river by the steamer SPECULAR, has been raised and will be repaired at IRONTON. Her damages are estimated at $1,200.
      Marine Review
      July 16, 1891
Steam screw IRA CHAFFEE. U. S. No. 12131. Of 193.62 tons gross; 116.12 tons net. Built Allegan, Mich., 1867. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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Ira Chaffee (Propeller), U12131, fire, 9 Jul 1891