The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Grand Rapids (Propeller), C116955, fire, 29 Oct 1907

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Tobermory, Oct. 30. -- Last night the steamer CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS was totally destroyed by fire at the dock here, the cause of the fire is not known. The crew are safe. Small insurance. The burnt steamer was engaged in the passenger and freight trade between Owen Sound, Wiarton, and northern ports, including Manitoulin Island, she also had a good trade in collecting fish at the different ports she called at. She was bought by Wm. Gillies of this place this summer, from Detroit parties. The GRAND RAPIDS was a steamer of fine appearance, handsomely fitted out, and very seaworthy. No cause for the fire can be given by the crew, who had only time to escape, and Some of whom received severe burns. Capt. J. Corbett of Owen Sound, was master.
      Goderich Signal
      November 7, 1907 p. 5
      NOTE: -- CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, built Grand Haven, Mich., 1879, transferred to Canadian Registry in 1907, of 227 tons gross. 123 x 25 x 9.
      The rudder and propeller was taken from the wreck by the Canadian Sub-Aqua Diving Club in 1969 and placed in a museum at Tobermory. The wreck lies in shallow water in Big Tug Harbor

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.25007 Longitude: -81.66647
William R. McNeil
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City of Grand Rapids (Propeller), C116955, fire, 29 Oct 1907