Robert Noble (1883)
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"The Robert Noble was well known in the Sturgeon Bay area where she had been built in 1883 by Robert Noble and J. Johnson. She spent her first years as a ferry, carrying passengers, wagons and stock back and forth across Sturgeon Bay. In 1887 she was purchased by her current owners, A.W. Lawrence and George Spear and converted into a freight carrier."
Final Voyage


November 7, 1888 "The Robert Noble, loaded with a cargo of cedar, was bound for Arthur Bay, ten miles north of Menominee, when a lamp in the cabin exploded setting the interior on fire. According to the engineer, the steamer was north at some distance from shore when the explosion occurred... With great difficulty, Captain William Anger, O'Reilly and crewmen William Jacobs and Joseph Hampton lowered the lifeboat and rowed to the nearest shore and walked to Menominee..." "...while the Noble was burning, after the crew abandoned her, a fisherman, Louis Garbosky, boarded her and took the sails, towline tackleblocks and one anchor chain. Fishermen towed the burning vessel to shore where she sank in four feet of water ten miles north of Menominee. She was declared a total loss. The engine and boiler were recovered ... and placed in the steamer Menominee and Marinette." Another accountant says she caught fire while tied to the docks on the "Sturgeon Bay side" and burned to a total loss in 1888.
 
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