1887 - To The Water's Edge. The Steamer Arizona Is Set on Fire By Acids and Is Consumed.
Marquette, Mich., Nov. 17. - The steamer Arizona, of the Lake Superior Transit Line, was burned to the water's edge this morning. She left this port at 9 o'clock last night bound for Portage and carrying a full cargo of merchandise. When out of the city limits a heavy sea was encountered, and the boat was turned about to come back to Marquette. When she was still five miles out the boat commenced to rolling heavily, whereupon a tank of acid began leaking and set the boat on fire. Nothing could be done to put out the flames, every man being driven from his post by the fumes of the acid. The boat kept on moving, the wheelman managing to retain his position. The steamer rounded the breakwater at 4:30 this morning, running close enough to enable the crew to jump off. After the boat was abandoned she ran into the shore at the government pier and was soon burned down to the water. The Arizona was a freight boat and was valued at $100,000.
Aberdeen Weekly News
Aberdeen, South Dakota
November 18, 1887
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