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Samuel F. Hodge (Propeller), U115763, fire, 6 Jul 1896


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Oswego, July 5 - An unusual marine disaster occurred today off Oak Orchard and in the middle of Lake Ontario. The steamer SAMUEL F. HODGE, of Buffalo, bound from Cleveland to Prescott with 600 tons of wire, caught fire. The steamer ST. JOSEPH, Capt. John Preston, Oswego, sighted the burning steamer and was soon beside her. For over an hour the ST. JOSEPH kept 2 streams playing upon the burning craft, but to no purpose, and to avoid being burned to death, those on board the HODGE jumped into the lake.
All were picked up by the ST. JOSEPH's crew. The fire originated near the boiler during Fireman Deely's trick, and he is supposed to have been cremated.
The HODGE was commanded by Capt. Lewis Elliot, of Detroit. It was owned by the Farrell Bros. of Buffalo, and was rated A2. It was valued at $25,000, and insured for $18,000. The cargo was valued at $7,000 and insured.
      Detroit Tribune
      July 6, 1896
     
      . . . . .
     
      STEAMER BURNED.
      The SAMUEL F. HODGE of This City Destroyed by Flames on Lake Ontario.
      ONE MAN LOST HIS LIFE.
      Fireman Deeley, Who Shipped in Buffalo, Supposed to Have Been Cremated.
      Oswego, July 6. - An unusual marine disaster has occurred off Oak Orchard and in the middle of Lake Ontario. Steamer SAMUEL F. HODGE of Buffalo, bound from Cleveland to Prescott with 600 tons of wire, caught fire about 3 A. M. Before the crew could realize it she was a seething mass of flames.
Steamer St. JOSEPH, Capt. John Preston of Oswego, sighted the burning steamer and was soon beside her. For over an hour the St. JOSEPH kept two streams playing on the burning craft, but to no purpose, and to avoid being burned to death those on board the HODGE jumped into the lake. All were picked up by the St. JOSEPH's crew.
The fire originated near the boiler during fireman Deeley's trick, and he is supposed to have been cremated. Deeley shipped from Buffalo and was 28 years old.
The HODGE was commanded by Capt. Lewis Elliott of Detroit, whose wife was aboard. It was owned by Farell Bros. of Buffalo and was rated A 2. It was valued at $25,000 and insured for $18,000. The cargo was valued at $7,000 and was insured.
The St. JOSEPH was badly blistered by the heat from the burning steamer.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, July 6, 1896
     
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      Capt. John Perew will leave today in the interest of Smith, Davis & Co. for Oswego, where he will try and locate the wreck of the steamer SAMUEL F. HODGE, which, which caught fire and sunk off Oak Orchard early on Sunday morning. She had 600 tons of wire aboard, and if there is any possibility of saving it. Capt. Perew will begin operations at once.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 7, 1896 5-1
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      Chicago, July 6. -- The steamer S.F. HODGE, which burned on Lake Ontario yesterday, was insured, but the amount carried cannot yet be learned. After the boat's narrow escape from foundering in calm weather on Lake Huron, some weeks ago, underwriters fought shy of the risk. Her insurance expired the day after the accident, and it was but partially renewed, and that with great difficulty.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      Tuesday, July 7, 1896

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      The steamer SAMUEL F. HODGE burned on Lake Ontario on Saturday. She was bound for Cleveland to Prescott with wire. The steamer St. JOSEPH rescued the crew. One man was presumed burned to death.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 7, 1896

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SAMUEL F. HODGE Built 1881 Package Freight Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 115763 585 gt - 466 nt 149.4 x 30.0 x 12.8
Burned near Oak Orchard, N.Y., Lake Ontario, July 5, 1896; 1 life lost.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio.


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Reason: fire
Lives: 1
Freight: wire
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1896
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McN.W.15263
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.27422 Longitude: -78.33252
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Samuel F. Hodge (Propeller), U115763, fire, 6 Jul 1896