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Elfin-mere (Propeller), U135940, fire, 16 Nov 1901

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Green Bay, Wis., Nov. 16. -- As the steamer ELFINMERE was leaving port at 6:30 o'clock this morning a lamp exploded in the engine room. Engineer Dibble tried in vain to stop the spread of the flames as they were soon sweeping the length of the vessel, driven by the high northwest gale. The crew were compelled to abandon the steamer, which finally landed on the beach in the harbor. There she burned to the water's edge. The charred wreck now looks like a total loss. The only member of the crew hurt was the engineer, whose face was badly burned. The ELFINMERE had unloaded a cargo of coal here, and was flying light when burned. She was owned by Chesley Wheeler of Bay City, Mich., and was valued at $37,000. It is believed she was fully insured.
The ELFINMERE was built at West Bay City by Charles Wheeler in 1887. Her gross measurement was 1054 tons and rated A 2-1/2.
      Duluth News Tribune
      November 16, 1901

As the steamer ELFIN MERE was leaving port at Green Maby this morning a lamp exploded in the engine room. The fire spread rapidly and she went on the beach in the harbor where she burned to the water's edge. One man was injured. She was light at the time andowned by Chesley Wheeler of bay City.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 16, 1901

      Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Dec. 5. -- Leathem & Smith of this port were the highest bidders for the wreck of the steamer ELFINMERE, sunk at Green Bay, and a tug with a wrecking outfit went after the boat today and will bring her here.
      Milwaukee Sentinel
      December 5, 1901
The steamer ELFINMERE, which was partially destroyed by fire at Green bay, is being rebuilt at Sturgeon Bay, at a cost of $40,000.
      Milwaukee sentinel
      Jamuary 6, 1902

Steam screw ELFIN-MERE. U. S. No. 135940. Of 1,054 tons gross; 796 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1887. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 190.5 x 34.0 x 21.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.02971 Longitude: -87.46094
William R. McNeil
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Elfin-mere (Propeller), U135940, fire, 16 Nov 1901