The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Selwyn Eddy (Propeller), U116555, 3 Nov 1898

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Chief Inspector A. B. Drake of the Inland Lloyd's Register, Buffalo has issued a circular in which he advises lake vessel owners to give attention to electric signal lights on their ships, where the same are used, and especially to electric lights in cargo compartments in order that they may in future secure full advantage of any allowance that may be made in insurance rates on account of the right kind of equipment in this regard. The circular is as follows:
"Serious defects in electrical lighting of freight spaces in vessels have been brought to the notice of lake underwriters, through losses caused by fires (on account of such defects) in grain cargoes on different steamers in the past few years. That fires from such cause have occurred, and damage resulted, has been undeniably proven in the case of the steamer SELWIN EDDY causing a loss of $10,000 on cargo of oats; and on the steamer GERMAN a loss of over $5,000 on cargo of corn, the latter occurring this present season. It has been demonstrated by actual test that an incandescent lamp encased in a vapor or extra globe and immersed in grain will ignite the grain; therefore there is no absolute safety unless the lamps on vessels are located in such places that the cargo cannot come in contact with them.
      The Marine Review
      November 3, 1898

Steam screw SELWYN EDDY. U. S. No. 116555. of 2,846 tons gross; 2,164 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich, 1893. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 343.0 x 42.2 x 21.0 Steel built. Crew of 21. Freight service. Of 1,150 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Selwyn Eddy (Propeller), U116555, 3 Nov 1898