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Queen Victoria (Steamboat), burnt, 13 Sep 1883


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The sidewheel steamer QUEEN VICTORIA was discovered on fire at 4 o'clock Thursday morning and burned. The crew barely escaped with their lives. The steamer was about six miles down the river from Chatham.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 15, 1883


The side-wheel steamer QUEEN VICTORIA burned near Chatham, Ont., early Thursday morning, the crew barely escaping with their lives.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 20, 1883


QUEEN VICTORIA, a steamer of 362 Reg.Tons, of 12 years of age, bound from Chatham to Toronto, burned 5 miles below Chatham, Sept. 13, 1883 and became a total loss. She caught fire from sparks from a passing steamer. Amount of loss $12,000. Home Port, Montreal.
      Deptertment of Marine and Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1883



      STEAMER BURNED
Chatham. Ont., Sept. 13. -- The sidewheel steamer QUEEN VICTORIA was discovered to be on fire about 4 o'clock this morning. When the alarm was given the flames had made such headway that the crew barely escaped with their lives. The fireman was severely burned. The steamer was about six miles down the river and had been loading wood. The engineer, who lives near the wood dock, went home about 9 o'clock last evening. No fire was in the furnace and there were no lights on board at the time. The crew suffered much personal loss. Captain Seymour looses $200 in cash, his gold watch and chain, and only escaped in his night clothing. His heroism in arousing the crew, and throwing open the windows of the State rooms, is the subject of greatful remark. The vessel was insured in the National of Ireland and Caledonia Companies for $10,000. The origin of the fire is unknown. Various theories have been advanced, the most probable of which is that a spark from the passing barge MANITOBA caused the disaster.- Inter-Ocean Sept. 14.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 20, 1883



QUEEN VICTORIA Steamer of 349 Tons, a total loss in Thames River 1883. Age, 15 years. Value $13,500.
      Losses on the Lakes During 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883


Side-wheel steamer QUEEN VICTORIA. Of 217 tons gross; 6 tons reg. Built Hull, Que., 1861. Owned by Ottawa River Navigation Company. 169.5 x 34.0 x 7.6.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion
      of Canada, Port of Montreal, on December 31, 1874
     
     
Side-wheel steamer QUEEN VICTORIA. Of 651 tons gross; 362 tons reg. Built Hull, Que., 1861. Home port, Montreal, Que. 169.5 x 23.3 x 7.6. Owned by The Victoria Park, Co., Toronto.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion
      of Canada, Port of Montreal, on December 31, 1886


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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Remarks: Total loss ???
Date of Original:
1883
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McN.W.10300
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.41224 Longitude: -82.18494
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Queen Victoria (Steamboat), burnt, 13 Sep 1883