The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 4 Jan. 1896

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The steamer Puritan was burned to the water's edge at Manistee, Mich., on the afternoon of December 31 and is a total loss. She had a watchman on board, who kept a fire in the stove in the cook's galley but spent most of his time in other parts of the craft doing repair work. The fire started from this stove in the galley while the watchman was in the hold, and spread with such rapidity that he narrowly escaped being entrapped and burned to death. The moorings of the steamer were at Oak Hill, south of the city, and with an inadequate water supply the firemen could do little to stay the flames. The destruction of the upperworks was complete, and of the hull nearly so. The Puritan was built at Benton Harbor in 1887 for the Graham & Morton Transportation Company, to ply between Chicago, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor in the passenger and freight trade, and is said to have cost originally nearly $70,000. In 1892 she was purchased by Seymour Bros. of Manistee, who ran her for a short time in the Northern Michigan trade and then put her on the route between Chicago and St. Joseph. She was a staunch craft and one of the fastest on the lakes. Her length was about 185 feet, her beam only 23 feet, and depth 12 feet 8 inches. She measured 166 net tons, rated A 1 1/2, and had an Inland Lloyds valuation of $30,000. No mention is made of insurance, but it is thought that she was covered for nearly her value by fire risks.

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4 Jan. 1896
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Robert C. Myers
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St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 4 Jan. 1896