Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Traveler (Steamboat), burnt, 17 Aug 1865
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BURNING OF THE " TRAVELLER."-- Saturday's Plain Dealer contained a special telegram stating that the steamer TRAVELLER had been burned at Eagle Harbor, and no lives lost. No particulars were given, nor could we then obtain them. We learn since that the disaster occurred at Eagle harbor on Thursday the 17th. inst. Vessel totally destroyed. The fire broke out in the fire hold, and spread so rapidly that very little of her freight or furniture could be saved. The TRAVELLER left Detroit on Saturday night, 12th. inst., with a moderate cargo of merchandize, mining supplies, provisions, etc. She was built in Newport in 1853; and subsequently came into possession of the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad Co., of whom she was purchased in 1862 by John Hutchings, Esq., of Detroit, who rebuilt her, expending a heavy sum upon her, and she has since ran regularly in the Lake Superior Line, having only lost one trip in three years. She was of 600 tons burthen, rated B 1, and was valued at $40,000. She was insured in three Companies for $20,000
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      August 22, 1865
RAISING THE TRAVELLER. - The work of raising the machinery of the TRAVELLER, burned in Eagle harbor, some months since, progresses as fast as the wind and weather will permit, but from the nature of the work and the position in which she lays, the task is no light one. -- Keweenaw Times
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 30, 1865
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      THE MACHINERY OF THE " TRAVELLER. " - The machinery of the steamer TRAVELLER, which was burned and sunk at Eagle Harbor, last summer, has been removed by Mr. Gilbert Martin, of that place. - Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      March 22, 1866

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Stmr. CANADA, wrecked on Bar Point, Lake Erie. Her machinery was taken out and the hull abandoned.
* Steamer TRAVELLER, wrecked on a rock on Lake Superior. Her engine and machinery have since been recovered.
      Propeller PEWABIC, sunk by collision with propeller METEOR, in Lake Huron. Several attempts have been made to raise her, but without success.
Propeller STOCKMAN, burned at Bear Creek, Canada.
Tug PILOT, burned at Algonac, on St. Clair River.
Steamer WINDSOR, burned in Detroit River on the night of the disastrous confragration of the Detroit & Milwaukee Depot.
Brig ROBERT HOLLISTER, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. H.H. BROWN, wrecked on Sandusky Bar.
      Schr. L.D. COMAN, lost near Erie, Pa.
      Schr. E.C. BLISH, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. K.L. LANSING, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. ILLINOIS, not certain as to this vessel, but think she foundered on Lake Michigan with a cargo of stone. - Detroit Free Press, 21.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 23, 1866

      Paddle-wheel steamer TRAVELLER. Of 603 tons. Built Newport, Mich.,1852. First home port, Detroit, Mich. LOST - 1865.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

Item Type
Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $40,000
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.45713 Longitude: -88.15122
William R. McNeil
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Traveler (Steamboat), burnt, 17 Aug 1865