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Joseph P. Farnam (Propeller), fire, 20 Jul 1889

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The steambarge JOSEPH P. FARNAM bound from St. Joseph to Cleveland took fire between the boiler and the engine room about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon when opposite South Haven, and was totally destroyed in an unbelievably short time. The crew had barely time to snatch the hatch covers and improvise rafts on which to escape. They were rescued about 8 o'clock in the evening by the Life-saving crew at South Haven. She was nearly new and had a capacity of 366 tons and cost $45,000. She belonged to L.P. & J.A. Smith of Cleveland and carried no insurance.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 23, 1889

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.40309 Longitude: -86.27364
William R. McNeil
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Joseph P. Farnam (Propeller), fire, 20 Jul 1889