Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), Thursday, Sept. 18, 1873
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At 8:20 Wednesday evening, the propeller "Akron" of the Vermont Central Line of steamers plying between Ogdensburg and Chicago, caught fire at Collins' Dock about five miles above Alexandria Bay and was totally consumed. She was taking wood at the time and was heavily laden with freight, and had on board about fifty passengers. The latter and crew had a narrow escape but all were saved unharmed. Nothing was saved of the cargo, and the loss is a heavy one. The fire caught in the fire hole, and when discovered had gained such headway that it was impossible to attempt to save the boat.
After the safety of the passengers was assured the propeller was cut loose and the burning mass floated out into the river toward Wells island and burned to the water's edge. The "City of Hamilton: from Clayton and the "Kelly" of Cape Vincent were sent to the scene of the disaster, to convey the passengers up the river. The flames were visible in this city.
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- Thursday, Sept. 18, 1873
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- Richard Palmer
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