The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Germania (Propeller), U85435, fire, 17 Jan 1899

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In three hours Tuesday evening the large steam barge GERMANIA which lay in winter quarters in Ecorse, was burned to the water's edge, and only a few charred beams, the blackened and burned ribs, and a pile of glowing embers on the ice marked the spot. The GERMANIA was the property of W,G, Smith, of Detroit, who lives in Ecorse. She lay at the wharf at the rear of his house, where she had been since November. Tuesday afternoon Norman Reno, of Ecorse, did some painting on the inside of the cabin. There was a warm fire there, and when he left towards night things seemed in snug condition. It is thought that an overheated stove pipe caused the blaze.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, January 18, 1899

Steam ship GERMANIA. U. S. No. 85435. Of 236 gross tons; 175 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1875. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 136.1 x 28.0 x 11.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.24448 Longitude: -83.14576
William R. McNeil
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Germania (Propeller), U85435, fire, 17 Jan 1899