BADGER STATE Destroyed by Fire Monday Night.
Is Cut Adrift From Dock at Marine City.
Marine City, Mich., Dec. 7. -- Startled from his cabin by smoke, Capt. Leanord, alone on the steamer BADGER STATE, came on deck at 6 0'clock Monday night to find the vessel wrapped in flames, and barely escaped with his life by an extraordinary jump to the rail of the barge WILLIAM BRAKE, which the steamer had moored to, and the crew of which cut the mooring lines for the safety of its own boat. The BADGER STATE drifted slowly across the river, a seething mass of flame, and stranded on the Canadian shore, where she burned to the water's edge, a total loss.
The local fire department responded to an alarm, and was on the dock within a few minutes, but the boat had already drifted out of range of its hose.
The BADGER STATE came into port Monday morning and tied up at Davidson's salt dock. She intended to lay up here for the winter, where she was to have undergone extensive repairs. The crew had all gone up town, and the captain was busy making out their time and arranging his books when he discovered the blaze.
The BADGER STATE was owned by the American Cedar and Lumber Co., of Alpena, and was valued at $14,000. She was built in 1862 and served for years as a passenger and packet freight steamer. She was rebuilt later and has been in the lumber trade since. She had a tonnage of 802, a length of 213 feet and a beam of 33 feet.