Chicago, IL Schooner PRESTO Fire, May 1896

FIRE ON THE SCHOONER PRESTO.

Boat Is Damaged to the Extent of $350.

The schooner Presto of Chicago, owned by John C. Finney, and lying in the North Branch about 300 feet south of Webster avenue, was damaged to the extent of $350 by fire yesterday afternoon. The boat was unoccupied and the cause of the fire is unknown.

About 2:40 o'clock the flames were discovered, and gained considerable headway before the department arrived. The moorings were burned and the vessel floated out into the stream. Several other schooners and small boats were near it, but the fire did not spread. The boat is said to be worth about $800 and the loss is covered by insurance.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 18 May 1896