The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1878

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p.3 The Burning of the Norman - We have gathered a few additional particulars of the burning of the steambarge Norman, at Oswego. The boat was towed over to Kingston on Saturday night by the tug Morley, and the crew of the Norman speak highly of the exertion of the Oswego firemen to save the boat, which they succeeded in doing. The fire appears to have caught in the upper deck, and seemed to have burned downwards. When the fire was discovered, Capt. Goodearl made an attempt to save some $300 which he had in his desk in the cabin. This he was unable to accomplish owing to the rapidity with which the fire spread. The total loss, including the money, will be about $1,000, and there was no insurance. Much sympathy is expressed for Captain Goodearl in his loss. When the fire was discovered the boat was lying at the lumber dock, but she was immediately towed to the coal dock, thus saving a large quantity of lumber. As it was about 2,000 feet were destroyed. It is fortunate that the case is no worse than it is.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1878