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S. C. Reynolds (Propeller), U116340, fire, 4 Nov 1890

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      The Steamer REYNOLDS Beached At Colchester And On Fire.
      Colchester, Ont., Nov. 4. - The new iron steamer REYNOLDS, from Buffalo to Toledo, when abreast of Colchester Light Ship was discovered to be on fire between the decks along the full length of the vessel. Communication with her coal bunkers was cut off, and in consequence she was beached half a mile above Hackett's dock, where she remained all night pounding hard upon the rocky bottom. The sea has now gone down and she rests easy. Thge fire is still burning, and half the crew are on board fighting it. It is impossible to get at her hatches. As a result of pounding upon the rocks all night her decks are hove up several feet. The REYNOLDS belongs to the Lake Erie Transportation Company and the Wabash Railroad. She was laden with 1,600 tons of coal and 400 tons of miscellaneous freight and a quantity of jute and oakum. It was among the latter that the fire started.
      Colchester, Ont. Nov. 4. - At noon today the position of the steamship REYNOLDS is about the same. She is lying easy, the sea having gone down, but the fire is still raging between decks, and the only means of wuenching it will be to flood the ship. The tugs INTERNATIONAL, from amherstburg, MOORE and SAGINAW, from Windsor, and another, name unknown, had arrived, and no doubt a desperate effort will be made to put out the flames so she can be lightered, which will be the only means of saving her from tatal destruction. Her crew consists of 25 officers and men, who worked with all the might imaginable to put out the flames, but without success.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Wednesday, November 5, 1890

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Steam screw S.C. REYNOLDS. U. S. No. 116340. Of 2895.96 tons gross; 1604.30 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1890. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 255.0 x 40.1 x 21.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: coal & freight
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.98339 Longitude: -82.93314
William R. McNeil
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S. C. Reynolds (Propeller), U116340, fire, 4 Nov 1890