The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), June 17, 1882 p.3

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Collingwood, June 14th - Letters have been received here today by the owners of the steambarge Vanderbilt which confirm the report circulated to the effect that that steamer had been destroyed by fire on Saturday morning, the 10th inst. Some doubt had hitherto existed as to the correctness of the report, but now it is certain that the boat and cargo are a total loss. The Vanderbilt left Collingwood on Tuesday, the 6th of June, with 280 barrels of lime and a mixed cargo of building material, bound for Mamainse, Lake Superior, the property of the Michipicoten Native Copper Company. Everything went well until the morning of the 10th, when off Sulphur Island, smoke was discovered issuing from the forward hatch. The Captain was at once notified of the fact that there was fire in the forward part of the vessel, and very thoughtfully and cooly headed his steamer for Serpent Island, some 12 miles distant, with the view of saving life and the steamer if possible. After the boat had been beached and an examination made it was found and fully realized by those on board that the fire was raging below, and had originated from the lime. Letters also received from other parties on board say that the Captain deserves greatest praise for his coolness and bravery in his great emergency. In conclusion the writer says to friends in town that Captain Birnie is a gentleman in every sense of the word, and had he pursued any other course, more property and possibly some lives would have been lost. The crew were picked up by the captain of the steambarge Kitty Haight, who showed great kindness to the ship-wrecked crew, and conveyed them to Bruce Mines, where they now await the arrival of the first steamer down. The Vanderbilt during last winter went under repairs which cost the owners some $2,500, which made her an A-2 vessel, and was owned by J.M. Appleton and R.G. Campbell, of this town. She was partially insured in the Anchor Marine on the hull, and her cargo fully insured by the consignees.

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Rick Neilson
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Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), June 17, 1882 p.3