The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Winslow (Propeller), fire, 19 Nov 1887

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Fire was discovered in the roof of the engine room of the tug WINSLOW of S.B. Grummond's line at 10:30 this morning. The tug lay at the foot of First St. in close proximity to the steamboats ATLANTIC, OSWEGO, A.W. MOORE and CRUSADER. The flames rapidly ate their way forward to the pilot house, and soon the whole top of the cabin was enveloped in a sheet of flame, which a strong wind was driving on to the other boats. It looked as if all the boats tied up there were doomed.
      The firemaen had considerable difficulty in getting their lines of hose on to the burning craft, and before they did so the whole of the tug above the main deck was ablaze. The fire burned rapidly downward and to the stern of the WINSLOW. There was not steam enough up to put the boat out into the stream. The firemen soon conquered the fire in the upper part of the boat, but had to flood the vessel to extinguish the blaze in the hold. None of the other vessels were damaged and it will be impossible to estimate the damage on the WINSLOW until she can be pumped out. She is insured.
      Capt. Grummond can scarcely estimate the loss, but thinks it will be between $8,000 and $10,000; insured with Agent Burton in various companies for $15,000. The engine and upperworks are badly burned. The outfit is ruined. The tug MOORE was slightly scorched.
      The fire started in the coal bunkers, and is supposed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion. It worked up through the decks around the smoke stacks and set fire to the upper works.
      Capt. Grummond says that nothing but the quick response of the fire department saved his tug and the neighboring vessels from destruction. Chief Engineer Battle directed the movements of the department.
      Detroit Journal
      November 19, 1887

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Winslow (Propeller), fire, 19 Nov 1887