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Luna (Propeller), U130224, fire, 18 May 1903


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STEAMER LUNA BURNED
      Consumed to the Water's Edge and Sunk to Bottom of the River
The steamer LUNA, of the People's Ferry Co., caught fire in some mysterious manner late yesterday afternoon, and before the flames could be controlled the boat was burned to the water's edge. The Luna was tied to the wharf at the foot of Chase street, Delray. There was considerable delay in getting a stream from Solvay Process Co., and by the time the Delray fire department arrived all the upper works were burned away.
The Luna was valued at about $15,000. The loss is about $8,000, without insurance. How the fire started is a mystery, as there was no fire aboard the boat. The Luna did her first work of the season on Sunday, running from Delray to Belle Isle, making several landings along the lower end of Detroit.
The burned boat was brought to Detroit from Buffalo last year. For a time she ran from Delray to Lagoon Park and Sandwich, on the Canadian side, but abandoned this. She is owned by Detroiters, the head of the company being Clarence L. Parker, of the Parker Chartering Co.
John McLean, an electrician who was employed in installing an electric lighting system on the steamer when she caught fire, was badly burned about the face and arms before he came out of the boat. He was taken to Dr. Cary, of Delray, who dressed the burns and sent him to the Detroit Sanitarium, where after an examination, the physicians said they did not think anything serious would result.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 19, 1903


The steamer LUNA of the Peoples Ferry Co., at Detroit caught fire in some mysterious manner late Monday afternoon and before the flames could be controlled the boat burned to the water's edge. The LUNA was tied to the wharf at the foot of Chase Street.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, may 19, 1903
     

Damage to the extent of $8,000 was done by fire yesterday at Detroit to the propeller LUNA, owned by the People's Ferry Company of that city. The LUNA was sold in Buffalo and taken to Detroit a year ago. Since that time she has sunk once and been afire two different times.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 19, 1903
     
     
Charles F. Ryan, of Buffalo, yesterday bought the propeller LUNA, formerly the NELLIE, which was partially destroyed by fire early in the season, for $716 at auction at Detroit. Mr. Ryan held a mortgage on the boat. It is said that the hull of the LUNA is in good condition.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 14, 1903

     
Steam screw LUNA.* U. S. No. 130224. Of 143 gross tons; 101 tons net. Built Mount Clemens, Mich., 1882. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 104.6 x 25.9 x 7.5 Crew of 14.
      * Formerly steam screw NELLIE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902
     
     
Schooner NELLIE. U. S. No. 130224. Of 156.20 gross tons; 148.39 tons net. Built Mt. Clemens, Mich., 1882. Home port, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 104.6 x 25.9 x 7.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
     
     

The 141 gt. ferry (US#130224) was originally the 1882 schooner NELLIE. She was converted to a propeller in 1886 and renamed LUNA in 1901. After this the hull was resurrected and converted for use as a sand boat, which served until abandoned in 1914. - - - Dave Swayze note.




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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1903
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McN.W.24295
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.29587 Longitude: -83.11659
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Luna (Propeller), U130224, fire, 18 May 1903