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George W. Bissell (Barge), U10665, fire, 1895

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In the burning of the schooner J. E, POTTS at Delray, near Detroit, a few days ago, another remnant of old-time sailing vessels is removed. She was in service three times as a sailing vessel and twice as a steamer. The POTTS with the GEORGE W. BISSELL, another old schooner, had been given up as useless. The BISSELL did not take fire but the loss would not have been great if she had burned also.
      Marine Review
      June 27, 1895

      The wooden barges J. E. POTTS and GEORGE W. BISSELL, which were damaged by incendiary fires last year, while tied up near the Solvay Process Co.'s works, are being rebuilt at Detroit, and will be placed in service in August. Captain Hiram L. Brown, the owner, is planning now to place engines in the POTTS and is rebuilding her as a steam barge.
      The POTTS was built in Cleveland in 1856, and was considered a monster in her day. She carried 566 tons gross and is 200 feet long and 31 feet beam. In 1891, $32,000 was expended on the POTTS and she was rebuilt into what was considered a "mighty smart" boat.
      The BISSELL was built at Marine City in 1863. [sic.] She had a gross capacity of 278 feet and is 152 feet over all. The BISSELL was rebuilt in 1893 at an expense of $20,000, and her hull is still found to be in excellent condition. It is expected that the boats will be placed in the lumber trade.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      June 7, 1900
      Steam screw GEORGE W. BISSELL. U. S. No. 10665. Of 278 tons gross. Built Marine City, Mich., 1866. First home port, Detroit, Mich. -- DISPOSITION, Rig changed to Barge, March 31, 1871
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Rebuilt
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.41947 Longitude: -83.95081
William R. McNeil
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George W. Bissell (Barge), U10665, fire, 1895