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Lycoming (Propeller), U140416, burnt, 22 Oct 1910

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LYCOMING , Steam screw of 1448 gross tons. Built 1880. Official U. S. Number 140416. This propeller with 15 persons on board burned at Rondeau Harbor, Lake Erie, Oct. 22, 1910. No lives were lost, but the vessel was a total loss.
      Loss of U. S. Vessels on the Great
      Lakes, Merchant Vessel List, 1911

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      Sinks In Lake Erie, Off Rondeau, Ont., And Crew Is
      Rescued By Passing Vessel And Taken To Detroit.
      Tonawanda, Oct. 22. - The steamer LYCOMING, owned by James O'Connor of Tonawanda, was burned on Lake ERie off Rondeau, Ont. This morning. The owner of the boat received word of the disaster and left this afternoon for Detroit, where the crew was atken by a passing vessel. From the details which Mr. O'Connor received, it appears the crew were unable to cope with the flames. An upbound steamer took the crew, including Capt. William Hayes of Tonawanda, off the LYCOMING and took the man as far as Detroit. The LYCOMING burned to the water's edge and sank.
      This steamer was the largest lumber carrying vessel engaged in the trade on the lakes, frequently coming to the Tonawandas with 1,400,000 feet of stock aboard. The vessel was on its way up the lakes light, to load lumber for White, Gratwick & Mitchell of North Tonawanda at the time of the fire. The boat was valued at $22,000; partially covered by insurance.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 23, 1910

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      Although the leak proved somewhat more difficult than was anticipated, the Hackett Wrecking Co., of Amherstburg has succeeded in raising the wreck of the stm. LYCOMING, which sunk in the harbor af Rondeau, Ont., last fall after
burning to the water's edge.
The condition of the hull was such that it was necessary for the wreckers to build a cofferdam all around it. The building of the cofferdam and other preliminary work took more than a week. The pumps were started on the wreck at 6:00 Sunday morning and at 4:00 in the afternoon the wreck had been removed from the harbor and put on the beach.
      The wreck was raised side first and never righted until she was afloat. The vessel was so badly burned that the hull is of no value and it will remain on the beach until the Canadian authorities decide what further disposition shall
be made of it. The machinery will probably be sold for scrap.
      The LYCOMING was built in 1880, had a gross tonnage of 1,448, was 251 ft. long, 36 ft. beam and 26 ft. deep.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 23, 1911

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      The steamer LYCOMING, which sank in the harbor of Rondeau, Ontario, last fall, after burning to the water's edge, has been raised and towed into port by the Hackett Wrecking Company of Amherstburg.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, May 25, 1911

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      LYCOMING Built August 14, 1880 Package Freight Propeller - Sub-contracted to Frederick N. Jones. Wood
U. S. No. 140416 1609 gt -1423 nt 251' x 36' x 15.3'
Reduced to bulk propeller in 1905.
Struck west pier at Rondeau, Ontario, Lake Erie, and burned, October 22, 1910.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
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Lycoming (Propeller), U140416, burnt, 22 Oct 1910