Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Free Trader (Steamboat), burnt, 26 Oct 1857
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Steamer FREE TRADER, (C), burnt at Port Stanley. Property loss $23,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

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      The schooner ISAAC BUCHANAN lying alongside the steamer FREE TRADER caught fire and burned to the waterline. Both vessels will be total losses in the harbour of Port Stanley. The fire started within the steamer and quickly spread to the BUCHANAN. (condensed)
      Toronto Globe
      October 27, 1857

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      FIRE AT PORT STANLEY. - We learn by a telegraph despatch addressed to Capt. J.N. Gardner, of this city, that the schooner ISAAC BUCHANAN which left this city on Sunday was burnt at Port Stanley, C. W., yesterday morning, and is a total loss. She was owned by a firm at London, and had no cargo on board. The fire also destroyed the steamer "FREE TRADER," three warehouses, and fourteen thousand bushels of wheat.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 27, 1857

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      STEAMER AND SCHOONER DESTROYED BY FIRE. -- We learn, says the Express, by a special dispatch to Capt. J. N. Gardner, that the schooner ISAAC BUCHANAN and steamer FREE TRADER were totally destroyed by fire at Port Stanley, yesterday. Three warehouses and fourteen thousand bushels of wheat were also consumed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 27, 1857

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
William R. McNeil
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Free Trader (Steamboat), burnt, 26 Oct 1857