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A. R. Colborne (Propeller), U106071, fire, 8 Sep 1882

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Saugatuck, Mich., Sept. 8. -- The steambarge A.R. COLBORN, owned by R.O. Brittain and A.R. Colborn, burned last night. She caught fire off South Haven at 2 o'clock A. M., and was sighted by the steambarge SEAVERNS, of the Brittain Line. The SEAVERNS took off the crew, and, after scuttling the COLBORN, towed the hull to Grand Haven. The COLBORN will be rebuilt at once.
Saugatuck, Mich., Sept. 8. -- Shortly after midnight last night, fire was discovered around the boiler of the new steambarge A.R. COLBORN, lumber-laden, from Muskegon to Michigan City, and the boat was pretty badly burned. The propeller J.S. SEAVERNS saw her, and made all haste to the rescue, rendering assistance in subduing the flames. To prevent total destruction she was scuttled and soon water-logged, when the SEAVERNS began the work of towing her to a port of safety, coming in here about 4 o'clock this afternoon, leaving the wreck outside, to unload her freight and wood up, when she again took the line and made for Grand Haven, the only port having water enough for her in her present condition. The crew of the COLBORN were taken off by the SEAVERNS, Captains Brittain and Ames, the former one of the owners of the boat, remaining on the wreck. The crew lost all of their effects. The damage is variously estimated at from $5,000 to $10,000, but this cannot be said with certainty until a survey has been made. She was built this spring, and was an A. No. 1 boat in every respects. She is insured, but do not know to what extent.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1882

Steam screw A.R. COLBORN. U. S. No. 106071. Of 275.59 gross tons; 20739 tons net. Built at Saugatuck, Mich., 1882. Home port, Saugatuck, Mich. 129.0 x 27.0 x 9.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.40309 Longitude: -86.27364
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A. R. Colborne (Propeller), U106071, fire, 8 Sep 1882