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Norman (Propeller), burnt, 30 Nov 1883

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Picton, Ont., Dec.1 - The steambarge NORMAN was burned in Priner's Cove last Friday. The Captain and crew arrived here this morning by the steamer UTICA. The NORMAN left Capt Vincent light for the Bay to lay up, arrived at Priner's Cove and stopped to take on some wood, but could not get to the deck owing to the steamer UTICA being in the way. All hands had been up all the previous night. The captain decided to make fast to the bank till morning. The fire broke out about 11 p.m. while the crew were all asleep. When awakened by the fire they had just time to save themselves by jumping overboard. The crew lost all their clothing. The captain lost $100 in cash, his watch, and all his clothes. The NORMAN was built on the Rideau Canal eleven years ago, was burned in Oswego in 1880, her hull towed to Kingston and rebuilt. She classed A 2., was valued at $4,000, and insured for $4,000 against fire. She was owned by Hazelton Hicks and sailed by Captain Collins. The fire is supposed to have originated around the boilers. - Picton Report
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

The burning of the Canadian steambarge NORMAN wipes out the last of the NORMAN Line from the lakes. The schooner NORMAN went ashore on Hogg Island Reef, and the American steambarge NORMAN went to pieces at Pentwater.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

NORMAN Steamer of 95 Reg. tons, and 11 years old, bound from Kingston to Picton, burned in Pryner Cove, Bay of Quinte Nov. 30, 1883. A total loss. Cause unknown. Valued at $5,000.
      Department of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1883

NORMAN Stmr. 135 tons. 11 years of age. a total loss on Lake Ontario. 1883. Value $5,000.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

NORMAN Propeller of 156 Tons (new tonnage). Built 1872 at Opinicon by Wm. Ainsley. Owned by Rathbun & Co. Home port, Kingston. Valued at $7,000 Class A 2-1/2.
REMARKS- Steam barge - Flat - River and Bays only - repaired 1880.
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, 1882

Steam barge [screw] NORMAN. [No Number] Of 151 tons gross; 112 tons reg. Built Opinicon Lake, Frontenac Co., Ont., 1872. 97.6 x 23.7 x 7.1. Owned by R. McLoud, Kingston, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1874


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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.093611 Longitude: -76.879444
William R. McNeil
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Norman (Propeller), burnt, 30 Nov 1883