A Fire On Water.
The Large Tug Alanson Sumner Burned Last Night - A Fine Boat Almost Destroyed - The Schooner Typo Damaged - narrow Escape of Capt. Daggett.
A vigorous alarm of fire from box 35 at 1 o'clock this morning called the department to the foot of Wet First street, near Goble & Macfarlane's ship yard, where a fire was in progress on board the large steam tug Alanson Sumner. Just how or where the fire originated is not known but in a remarkably short time the whole upper works of the tug were in flames.
The crew with the exception of Captain Daniels was on board and were obliged to take a hurried departure not having time to save their clothing. Captain Daggett, the owner of the craft was asleep in the "Texas," and on being aroused was obliged to leap from the upper deck into the river to make his escape. The firemen worked with a will, but it was not until after daylight that they succeeded in extinguishing the flames.
All the works above decks are totally destroyed, together with the deck. It was with great difficulty that the fire in the hold was put out and then not until the tug had been water-logged. This morning the hull was lying partially careened over and was full of water. The Sumner was registered in the Lloyd's of 1883 as 207 tons. She was built by Goble & Macfarlane in 1872, was rated A 2 and insured for $15,000 in several different companies.
Extensive repairs were recently made on the boat and she was about to leave for the upper lakes, where she was to do towing the coming season. She was one of the largest and most powerful tugs on the lakes. Several years ago under the command of Capt. Thomas Dobbie she was taken around the coast to New York bay, where she did towing for one or two seasons.
The schooner Typo of Milwaukee, which was lying alongside the Sumner was badly scorched and damaged to the extent of several hundred dollars. She was rescued by the tug M.J. Cummings, Capt. Donovan. Two piles of lumber, one on each side of the slip, were badly damaged.