Cecilia Hill (1896)
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On April 7, 1906, while lying at her dock in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, a fire was discovered at about 8:45 PM aboard the passenger steamer Cecelia Hill. There was no one on board when the fire started, which apparently began in the cabin. and when discovered the fire had made such headway that nothing could be done to save the boat. According to the Door County Advocate, the "entire upper works were burned off" and the Hill's hull was considerably damaged. As to the cause of the fire, it is unknown since no one was on the vessel and no fire was used on board. Three days later, the owners announced that the steamer was too badly burned to be rebuilt.
The steamer was valued at $7,000 and there was $5,000 insurance on the craft.

"The burned hulk was towed out to Horseshoe Island where she was shoved up on the beach pending her fate. Thomas Isabel had her taken to Sturgeon Bay, there to be left beside the burned steamer, George Presley, where she would be stripped of anything useful." Wild Gales and Tattered Sails, Paul J. Creviere, Jr.
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