Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western Metropolis (Steamboat), burnt, 17 Jun 1857
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Steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS on fire in Buffalo Harbor. Property loss $500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 casualty list)

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STEAMER WESTERN METROPOLIS ON FIRE - About half past ten o'clock this morning a fire broke out in the hold of the steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS, belonging to the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad line. The fire originated in the fire hold, and was caused by the cleaning out of the furnaces, and through negligence, a quantity of wood, etc., lying about in the hold, caught fire, which was communicated to the bulkhead. The boat had just arrived from Toledo and landed her passengers and freight. Steam was instantly turned into the hold, but did not have the desired effect.
The fire department were promptly on the spot, and in a few minutes filled the hold between the bulkheads to a depth of five feet. The damage is merely nominal, and the water will be pumped out so as to allow of her leaving on time this evening. Had the fire occurred some four or five hours previously, another repetition of the NORTHERN INDIANA tragedy could not well have been avoided.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 17, 1857

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Western Metropolis (Steamboat), burnt, 17 Jun 1857