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Oneida (Propeller), U19374, burnt, 24 Nov 1910

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ONEIDA Steam screw of 12 gross tons. Official U. S. Number 19374, built 1871, with three persons aboard propeller burned at Navy Island, Niagara River, N. Y. Nov. 24, 1910. vessel a total loss. No lives lost.
      Loss of U. S. Vessels on the Great
      Lakes, Merchant Vessel List, 1911


      Miscreants Board The ONIDA Stranded Near Navy
      Island, And Burn Boat After Stealing Equipment.
      Tonawanda, Nov. 26. - State and Federal officers are today trying to clear up the mystery surrounding the burning of the tug ONIDA, below Navy Island, but nothing has been found of the fire bugs.
      The crew left the tug aground just below the foot of the island on Wednesday night, and went ashore after releasing the sand scow she was towing. When they went back in the morning the tug was burned to the water's edge. No fire was aboard except that banked under her boilers, so in the opinion of the crew the blaze could not have started accidently. Moreover, a three-chime whistle was missing, which leads to the belief that the thieves stripped the tug of everything of value and then burned her.
      The ONIDA was owned by Frank Kropp of Tonawanda. The loss is estimated at $2,500.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 26, 1910

NOTE - Proper name = ONEIDA

      Capt. Frank Kropp of Tonawanda intends to raise the tug ONEIDA, sunk in the Niagara River near Navy Island, and rebuild her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 6, 1910


      License Revoked
Capt. F. L. R. Pope and William P. Nolan, United States steamboat inspectors for this district, revoked the license of Capt. Kropp, of the tug ONEIDA, for 60 days, as punishment for his alleged violation of the rules of navigation in permitting his tug to run on the rocks of Navy Island on Nov. 24, 1910
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 4, 1910

Steam screw ONEIDA. U. S. No. 19374. Of 12 tons gross; 6 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1871. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 39.1 x 11.6 x 5.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.056944 Longitude: -79.010833
William R. McNeil
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Oneida (Propeller), U19374, burnt, 24 Nov 1910