The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clara (Propeller), U5220, dismantled, abandoned, 22 Jul 1894

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The Steamer Clara Dismantled
The steamer Clara, which has been through many changes and done a good deal of good service, has been dismantled, and her bare hull lies in the boneyard at St. Clair. The Clara was built at Detroit in 1860 for a tug, and in 1862 was made into a passenger boat, and entered the service of the United States, transferring troops from Detroit to Fort Wayne. Then she ran for awhile between Detroit and Sandwich, and then as a passenger boat between Saginaw and Bay City. Hon. H. C. McElroy purchased her in 1881 to run as a ferry between St. Clair and Courtright. In 1886 she was burned to the water's edge, and was rebuilt the same year. She is now considered worn out and useless, and has been turned out to rot. Her engine was built by J. B. Wilson, of Detroit, after patterns made by Hon. Mark Hopkins.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 22, 1894

Steam screw CLARA. U. S. No. 5220. Of 105.31 tons gross; 52.66 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1860. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 71.0 x 18.0 x 7.2
      Merchant Vessel List, 1892

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Reason: dismantled, abandoned
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.82087 Longitude: -82.48602
William R. McNeil
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Clara (Propeller), U5220, dismantled, abandoned, 22 Jul 1894