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Byron Trerice (Propeller), C83028, fire, 13 Sep 1893

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Leamington, Sept. 13 - Stmr. BYRON TREICE, Capt. D.F. McCrae, which plied between Rondeau Harbor and Cleveland, burned at Leamington Dock early this morning. The fire had gained much headway before being discovered that two of the crew, George Shaw, foreman, of Wallaceburg and John Cronk, deckhand, of Dresden, could not escape and perished in the flames.
      Jennie Tennisee of Wallaceburg, aged 22, was drowned. The boat will be a total loss. It was owned by W.D. McCrae of Wallaceburg and was registered A 1. Her value was $25,000. Amount of insurance, if any, unknown.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      September 13, 1893 7-4

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Leamington, Ont. Sept. 13 - The steamer BYRON TRERICE, running in connection with the Erie & Huron Railroad, was burned at her dock here at 2 o'clock this morning. The captain, cook and purser jumped overboard and were drowned. Two deck hands were burned to death.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, September 13, 1893 p.1, c.1

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The passenger steamer BYRON TRERICE, which runs between Sarnia and Cleveland, burned at leamington Tuesday night. Two men were burned and the cook drowned.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Wednesday, September 13, 1893
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      Leamington, Ont. Sept. 14 - The handsome passenger and freight steamer BYRON TRERICE has been burned to the water's edge. Three lives were lost and two persons were so badly injured that they may not recover. The steamer has been plying between Rondeau and Cleveland all summer and had run into this port for shelter during the severe storm which prevailed on Lake Erie Monday night. She was running with a light crew.
The fire was caused by an explosion first of a lamp and then of a barrel of oil. The flames spread rapidly and when the crew awakened the dock had caught fire and escape by that way was cut off. The captain and purser made desperate efforts to lower a boat, but were compelled to jump into the water after being terribly burned. They reached shore in an exhausted condition. The Mate and Engineer also reached shore in safety, but three others of the crew perished. The dead are George Shaw, fireman, Wallaceburg; John Cronk, Dresden, deckhand; Jennie Finnessee, cook.
Injured: D.F. McRae and Perser Jackson. The steamer was valued at $25,000
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, September 14, 1893 p.4, c.6

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Steam screw BYRON TERRICE. Official Canadian No. 83028. Of 268 tons gross; 169 tons reg. Built at Dresden, Ont., in 1882. Home port, Wallaceburg, Ont. 102.3 x 26.0 x 8.7 Owned by Alexander Trerice, of Dresden, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of
      the Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: fire
Lives: 3
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.0549 Longitude: -82.6062
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Byron Trerice (Propeller), C83028, fire, 13 Sep 1893