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Josephine Kidd (Propeller), fire, 4 Nov 1882


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A PROPELLER BURNED
Owen Sound, Nov. 5. -- he propeller JOSEPHINE KIDD was burned off Cape Commodore last night. She left here about eight o'clock in the evening with a full cargo of merchandize, including a large quantity of mill supplies for Lion's head. After calling at presqu'isle, where she took on board fifteen tons of hay, she proceeded on her way to Wiarton, thense bound for Lione's Head. When a few miles from Cape Commodore fire was discovered in the after cabin. Captain Thornburn first made an effort to extinguish it, but finding it gaining too much headway headed the vessel for shore, where they succeeded in beaching her. The crew attempted to use the pumps, but were driven from their posts. The Ladies' maid had a narrow escape. The vessel and cargo are a total loss. The crew were all picked up safely by the steamer MYRTIE, that happened to be en route from Wiarton to this place, and taken to Wiarton early this morning. The cargo is valued at upwards of $4,000, and not insured.
      The JOSEPHINE DIDD is a small propeller of 108 tons burden, built at Port Stanley in 1879. She was owned by Kidd & Co., of Goderich, valued at $6,000, calssed A 2. She was insured, but at present the amount cannot be ascertained, nor the company.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882
     


The steamer JOSEPHINE KIDD, formerly the STANLEY, was burned on Saturday last on Georgian Bay. The captain discovered the fire and ran her ashore off Cape Commodore. The crew were all saved but the vessel and cargo are a total loss.
      Port huron Daily Times
      Thursday, November 9, 1882
     
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      BURNING OF THE JOSEPHINE KIDD. - The propeller JOSEPHINE KIDD, well known at Sarnia, under the name of STANLEY, was burned off Capr Commodore on Saturday night. She left Owen Sound about 8 o'clock in the evening with a full cargo of merchandise, including a large quantity of mill supplies for Lyons Head. After calling at Presque Isle, where she took on board 15 tons of hay, she proceeded on her way to Wiarton, thence bound to Lyons Head. When a few miles from Cape Commodore fire was discovered in the after cabin, and Capt. Thornburn made an effort to extinguish it by throwing a bucket of water on the flames, but before he could draw a second one, she was all of a blaze. He then gave the bell to the engineer to put on all steam, and run her ashore off Cape Commodore, when they succeeded in beaching her. The crew were all saved, but the second engineer had a hard time trying to save the ladies' maid. The deck hands were getting the pumps to work, as the flames drove them from their work. The vessel and cargo are a total loss. The crew were all picked up safely by the steamer MYRTIE, that happened to be en route from Wiarton to this place, and taken to Wiarton early this morning. The cargo is valued at upwards of $4,000, and not insured.
      The JOSEPHENE KIDD is a small propeller of 108 tons burden, built at Port Stanley in 1879. She was owned by Kidd & Co. of Goderich. Valued at $6,000, and classed A 2. She was insured, but at present neither the amount nor company can be ascertained.
      Sarnia Observer
      Friday, November 17, 1882

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      BURNING OF THE PROPELLER " JOSEPHINE KIDD "
Owen Sound, Nov.5 .-- The propeller JOSEPHINE KIDD was burned off Cape Commodore last night. She left here about 8 o'clock in the evening with a full cargo of merchandise, including a large quantity of mill supplies for Lion's Head. After calling at Presqu'Isle where she took on board fifteen tons of hay, she proceeded on her way to Wiarton, thence bound for Lion's Head. When a few miles from Cape Commodore fire was discovered in the after cabin.
Captain Thorburn first made an effort to extinguish it, but finding it gaining too much headway, headed the vessel for shore, where he succeeded in beaching her. The crew attempted to use the pumps, but were driven from their posts. The Ladie's maid had a narrow escape. The vessel and cargo are a total loss.
The crew were all picked up safely by the steamer MYRTLE that happened to be en route from Wiarton to this place, and taken to Wiarton early this morning. The cargo is valued at upwards of $4,OOO, and not insured. The JOSEPHINE KIDD is a small propeller of 108 tons burden, built at Port Stanley in 1879. She was owned by Kidd & Company of Goderich, valued at $8,000 classed A 2. She was insured, but at present the amount cannot be ascertained, nor the company.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, November 10, 1882

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      THE BURNING OF THE JOSEPHINE KIDD
      Many of the small steamers which worked the ports and hamlets of the Georgian Bay were lost through wreck, fire, or collision. As a class they were peculularly vulnerable to accident and their remains are still scattered here and there in the silent depths. Among them a few were very short-lived, in particular the propeller JOSEPHINE KIDD, of 108 tons the KIDD was launched at Port Stanley, Ontario, in 1879 and bore the name STANLEY until purchased by J. & J. Kidd of Wiarton. Her usual route extended from Wiarton to Owen Sound, four times a week, and once a week to Lion's Head with occasional trips as far north as Tobermory.
      On Nov. 4 1882 the JOSEPHINE JUDD steamed from Wiarton to Owen Sound and there completed the loading of a heavy cargo of freight and merchandise consigned to Lion's Head and Tobermory. At 8 o'clock in the evening the JOSEPHINE JUDD sailed across the expanding waters of Owen Sound and after a brief stop at Presqu'Isle where fifteen tons of baled hay were taken on board she prepared to enter Georgian Bay.
      As she steamed along the north shore of Owen Sound, between Pyette Point and Cape Commodore, fire was discovered in one of the aft cabins. In the brisk autumn breeze the flames roared through the wooden superstructure with such speed that nothing could be done to stop it. An attempt to rig a pump and hose was given up in the face of scorching heat. Soon the hay was ignited and with his vessel a mass of fire Captain Thorburn heeled her for the shore, barely half a mile distant. The JOSEPHINE JUDD struck the beach at full speed and a few moments later the entire crew - six men and a woman - waded to safety.
Only ten minutes elapsed between the discovery of the fire and the beaching of the steamer and as the crew stood helpless and shivering on the beach she burned away to a charred hulk.
      When the steamer MYRTlE arrived at Owen Sound the next morning with the unfortunate crew the site of the disaster quickly became infested with the curious and the scavengers. A contemporary newspaper reporter described the scene. "Last Wednesday, through the courtesy of the owners, we visited the scene of the disaster. It occurred about four miles east of Big Bay, where the il-starred steamer' s remains lie in about four feet of water, five rods from the shore. A more complete destruction of a vessel we never beheld - the machinery, in apparently fair condition, alone remaining. Of hull or cargo, there is nothing worth mentioning. We noticed quite a number of people with boats in the vicinity whose movements, to say the least, appeared suspicious. The incident brought forcibly to our mind the saying - 'Where the carcass lies, there will the eagles be gathered.'
      The loss on the KTDD amounted to $9,000, and that on the cargo $8,000, most of which was uninsured. The vessel lay forgotten until 1887 when the Kidd firm decided to lay down another steamer and sent a tug and scow to the site. By early October the boiler and engine of the JOSEPHINE KTDD had been raised and removed to Wiarton. Of the wreck itself probably not a trace now remains. Decades of autumn storms and winter ice have carried away the last charred fragments.
      Shipwreckd of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes
     


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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Freight: supplies, hay
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1882
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McN.W.15748
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.796111 Longitude: -80.908888
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Josephine Kidd (Propeller), fire, 4 Nov 1882