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Germanic (Propeller), U85991, fire, 6 Nov 1904

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The propeller GERMANIC, which stranded last Friday on the head of Stag Island in St. Clair River, was destroyed by fire early yesterday morning. It was with difficulty that the crews on the wrecking tugs, which were engaged to release the boat, succeeded in rescueing several firemen and coal passers, who were asleep on the boat. The explosion of an oil lamp in the engine room caused the fire. The GERMANIC had a full cargo of coal, which burned fiercly and lighted up the river for miles aroung last night. She was owned by Hutchinson & Co., of Cleveland, was of 1391 tons capacity and was built in 1888
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 7, 1904

The propeller GERMANIC, which was destroyed by fire Sunday in the St. Clair River, was insured for $40,000 through the agency of Smith, Davis & Co., of Buffalo. The coal cargo, shipped by the Pittsburg Coal Company, also was insured.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 8, 1904

An effort will be made by Capt. James Reid of the Reid Wrecking Company of Sarnia, to save what is left of the cargo of the Propeller GERMANIC, which burned to the water's edge afrer stranding at the head of Stag Island in St. Clair River.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 10, 1904

The hull of the propeller GERMANIC, which was burned to the water's edg ten days ago at Stag Island, St. Clair River, was floated last night and is now being towed to Sarnia. A large part of the coal cargo can be saved.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 18, 1904

Steam screw GERMANIC. U. S. No. 85991. Of 1,391 tons gross; 959 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1888. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 216.0 x 36.2 x 22.3 Crew of 14. Of 450 indicate horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

NOTE: in 1909 became RELIEVER, C122417

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.882777 Longitude: -82.463888
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Germanic (Propeller), U85991, fire, 6 Nov 1904