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Oscar Townsend (Propeller), U19385, fire, 21 Oct 1891


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Fire destroyed the steamer OSCAR TOWNSEND on Lake Huron Wednesday. She was owned by J. Root of Tecumseh, Mich. and valued at $40,000 The crew escaped on her cousort, the KELLEY.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891
     

At 5:30 Wednesday afternoon a telephone message was received that the steambarge OSCAR TOWNSEND bound from Escanaba with coal, took fire from the explosion of a lamp in the lamp room while off Port Sanilac. The fire gained great headway and was impossible to control. The tug MYSTIC went to the rescue and suceeded in saving the crew, who saved most of their clothing. The captain saved nothing but the clothes he had on. On account of the gale blowing at the time, the tug MYSTIC was unable to do anything with the burning vessel, and it burned to the water's edge. She was built by Fitzgerald and Leighton in 1873 and valued at $40,000, but insured for only $2,500. She was owned by J. Root of Tecumseh. The crew were brought to Port Sanilac last night.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 22, 1891
     
     
     
During 1891 five boats of the Huron District have gone out of commission. The OSCAR TOWNSEND, OSWEGATCHIE, J.S. RUBY, B.F. PERRIS and tug MILDRED.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, January 16, 1892
     
     
      Steam screw OSCAR TOWNSEND. U. S. No. 19385. Of 1037.91 tons gross; 835.50 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1873. Home port, Cl;eveland, Ohio. 192.0 x 33.4 x 14.4 Of 458 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
     
     
     
     


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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1891
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Local identifier:
McN.W.22327
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.43086 Longitude: -82.54242
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Oscar Townsend (Propeller), U19385, fire, 21 Oct 1891