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City of Chatham (Propeller), burnt, 3 Jun 1873


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PROPELLER CITY OF CHATHAM BURNED, - The propeller CITY OF CHATHAM took fire and burned last night to the water's edge off Railway Wharf, at Hamilton, Ont. She was loaded at the time with produce and bound down the St. Lawrence River.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 4, 1873

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      A dispatch dated Hamilton, Ontario, June 4, says; the prop. CITY OF CHATHAM was burned at her dock last night, together with a cargo of 700 barrels of flour. The vesel was valued at $32,000
      Detroit Free Press
      June 5, 1873

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Hamilton, June 4.- BURNING OF THE PROPELLER "CITY OF CHATHAM" - The propeller CITY OF CHATHAM, lying at the Great Western elevator wharf took fire about eleven o'clock last night, and quickly became a total loss. She had just before discharged a cargo from Montreal at McKay's wharf, and was being loaded with flour for the down trip when the fire occurred. All hands were up at the time and the loading was going on when all at once the fire broke out, in the engine room, it is said, and in a moment it had gained such headway that all on board were driven from the vessel. The men barely escaped, losing all their clothes and effects, except what they had on at the time.
The CITY OF CHATHAM was a new vessel, built at Chatham in 1871, the present being but the second season. She was owned by Messrs. Tait & Co. of Bowmanville and was one of the Lake and River Line. Her cost was about $32,000. Insured for $25,000.
The CITY OF CHATHAM was insured in the Western, British American, Provincial and two American companies. At the time the fire broke out some 800 barrels of flour had been got on board, and this also was insured. So rapid was the spread of fire, that the cook escaped only by jumping through a window into the water.
The remains of the vessel drifted off to near Dundurn, where they now lie burned to the waters edge.
      The Toronto Mail
      Thursday, June 5, 1873

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      Prop. CITY OF CHATHAM, 450 tons. Owned Montreal by the Merchants Line. Bound from Chatham to Hamilton in June 1873, vessel burned at Hamilton, with 70 barrels of flour, a total loss. Loss to ship $32,000. Loss to cargo $17,000. Insurance on ship $20,000. Insurance on cargo $10,500. No lives lost.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1963 to 1873, Report of U.S. Coast Guard.

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      CITY OF CHATHAM, built Chatham, Ont. 1872; about 367 tons 136 x 26 x 12, rebuilt Hamilton 1875 as ZEALAND Can. Reg. No. 71152. 132 x 24 x 12, and 651 tons. Sank Lake Ontario Nov. 6, 1880.
      Prelim. List of Canadian Merchant
      Steamships, 1809 - 1930

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      Garden Island, June 6. - Calvin & Breck's diving apparatus and two divers left this morning by train, for the burnt wreck of the prop. CITY OF CHATHAM at Hamilton.
      The Toronto Mail
      Saturday, June 6, 1873

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Garden Island, June 12. - Calvin & Breck's diving apparatus and two divers arrived here today, they were successful in getting anchors, chains &c., from the wreck of the prop. CITY OF CHATHAM, at Hamilton.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, June 13, 1873

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $9,500
Freight: flour
Remarks: Rebuilt as ZEALAND
Date of Original:
1873
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Local identifier:
McN.W.14348
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.25011 Longitude: -79.84963
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Chatham (Propeller), burnt, 3 Jun 1873