The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 Dec, 1895

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When the flames in the fire-hold of the W. H. Gilbert were at their height and that part of the steamer a mass of of fire from the burning oil, one of the steel plates on the ship's side cracked and the steel parted three-sixteenths of an inch wide by three feet long below the water line. The water which poured through the crack was instantly converted into steam, and this aided greatly in getting the fire under control. When at last the flames were extinguished the leak was kept under control by the steamer's pumps. It is probable that nothing but the crack in the plate would have saved the boat.

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3 Dec, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 Dec, 1895