The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Large Lake Boat Loaded with Automobiles


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Posted by Ron Beaupre, 28 December 2005 at 21:12

At one time CORALIA was commanded by Captain Massman, father of the famous marine photographer Emory Massman. Emory is now living in Florida. He has told me a wonderful story of how Capt. Massman extinguished a fire onboard CORALIA. She was carrying a load of Cryslers and they began to burn in the cargo hold while she was crossing Lake Erie on the way to Buffalo. He ran in behind Long Point to anchor and the crew ran steam lines to the vents from the cargo hold. They managed to put out the fire with steam from their boilers. The cause of the fire was traced to a switch for the glove box light. The entire load of autos were written off as a total loss.

Posted by Kathy Stevenson, 10 November 2015 at 9:55

They are Chryslers, can't make out the name of the ship, but remember that one of the ships carrying autos caught fire, if I remember right from Mr. Stonehouse, the fire started from a switch of some kind, the fire was put out but not before the whole load was a total loss...that's all I remember, I loved listening to Mr. Stonehouse and have every book he has written 😊

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Large Lake Boat Loaded with Automobiles


Magic lantern slide of Nicholson-Universal Steamship Company steamboat CORALIA offloading cars into a yard at Cleveland, OH