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Samson (Propeller), fire, 1 Jul 1865

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A TUG BURNT. -- On Sunday morning last the tug SAMPSON, a new and powerful steamer, was totally destroyed by fire off Bar Point, Lake Erie, a few miles from the mouth of the Detroit River. The Detroit Tribune says:
She had towed a large raft out of the river, and it is supposed she was returning to Malden for fuel. About 5 o'clock she took fire, from some unexplained cause, and in a short space of time thereafter the flames had enveloped her entirely. Every effort possible was made to save her, but in vain. All attempts in this direction being useless, she was headed for shore and scuttled, sinking in 2 ½ fathoms of water. Her crew escaped to the main shore in a small boat. When last seen she had burned to the water's edge, nothing being visible but the charred timbers. She was owned by Messrs. Norris & Neelon, of St. Catharines, C. W., and was valued at about $30.000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 27, 1865
      SHIPBUILDING AT DETROIT. - The following statement is taken from the Tribune:
      Campbell & Owen's Yard. - In one of their dry docks the Northern Transportation Company's propeller GRANITE STATE is lying, which is being thoroughly rebuilt, from stem to stern.
      * In the other dry dock the tug SAMPSON is being rebuilt, and will, it is expected, be ready for the opening of navigation. When completed she will be a superior first-class tug, and one of the largest on the lakes.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      March 7, 1866

WRECK OF THE SAMSON. -- The parties engaged in raising the wreck of the tug SAMSON, under the supervision of Capt. Fortier, Provincial marine Inspector, have accomplished their work and succeeded in towing the remains of the hull to this city for further disposition. The interior of the hull is sadly charred up, and would require but a slight pressure to cause it to seperate into two parts. Her machinery is also badly used up, and with here and there an exception, can be of no further service. Yesterday the parties interested were holding a survey on the wreck and machinery. -- Detroit Free Press, 12th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 15, 1865

      Steam screw SAMSON. Of 181 tons. Built St. Catharines, Ont., by Louis Shickluna, 1864. Burned Bar Point, Lake Erie, 1865. Rebuilt Detroit, 1866, and numbered U 22381 [in 1868] 124.8 x 23.6 x 11.4
      Herman Runge List

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    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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Samson (Propeller), fire, 1 Jul 1865