The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 7, 1890, page 1


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BIG FIRE AT EAST TAWAS
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Steam Barge Sea Gull Burned to the Water's Edge
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FEMALE COOK IS UNABLE TO ESCAPE AND IS CONSUMED
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Three Docks and 16,000,000 Feet of Lumber Burnt by Floating Fireship
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East Tawas, July 16. - [Special] - Fire was discovered this morning at 1 o'clock on the steam barge, Sea Gull, lying at Bearinger's dock, which had about 5,000,000 feet of pine lumber piled upon it. The flames soon spread to the lumber, which was all burned.

The Sea Gull, after parting her lines, floated to Emery Bros.' dock, where was piled about 7,000,000 feet of lumber, and this, too, was all consumed.

The burning steamer then floated on for half a mile to Locke & Stevens' dock, which was piled with 4,000,000 feet of lumber, and this was also burned.

The steamer kept on drifting and went high out on the beach and burned to the water's edge.

The crew of the Sea Gull got safely off except the woman cook, who was burned to death.

The lumber on Bearinger's dock was owned by Sibley & Bearinger. The lumber on Emery Bros. dock was owned by the Michigan Pipe Company and 3,000,000 to Emery Brothers, which was fully insured. The lumber on Locke & Stevens dock was owned 3,000,000 feet by the Michigan Pipe Company and 1,000,000 by Alger, Smith & Co. The loss on the lumber & dock is about $300,000.


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Notes:
Building the average modern three-bedroom house takes about 15,000 board feet of lumber. The lumber lost in this fire is enough to build 1,067 such homes. Aside from this dramatic end, the SEAGULL (US#23526) had a dramatic career. She was built as a two-mast schooner in 1864 by John Simpson at Oakville, Ontario for the saltwater trade. During her two-year ocean cruise she was converted to a brigantine and ran the sea route from Toronto and New York to Durban, South Africa. SEAGULL returned to the lakes in 1866 and was sold to Americans in 1869. She stranded and became a near-total loss at Sand Beach (Harbor Beach), Michigan in 1888, after which she was rebuilt and converted to a 230 t. propeller.
Date of Original:
July 7, 1890
Local identifier:
GLN.14122
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 7, 1890, page 1