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Prairie State (Propeller), fire, 26 Jul 1960

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      About half-past eight last evening the propeller PRARIE STATE, Captain Williams, took fire from the furnace or boiler, while lying at her dock taking on cargo. She had arrived form Ogdensburg at 3 P.M. with part of a cargo and a number of passengers, and was to leave last night at 11 o'clock for Chicago and intermediate ports. The alarm was given, and the fire department was promptly on the ground and worked bravely to extinguish the flames. It was found, however, that the fire had got in the hold among the cargo, where it was impossible to reach with water sufficient to quench it. The only alternative left was to scuttle her, which was done by boring holes below the water line. The firemen worked faithfully, kept down the flames on the upper part of the vessel.
      The cargo will be mostly lost. The hull and engine will probably be saved, in a damaged condition. The steamer and cargo were insured, but to what amount we did not learn. - Oswego Palladium of the 27th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, July 28, 1860

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Prairie State (Propeller), fire, 26 Jul 1960