The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Propeller), fire, 2 Aug 1885

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The MAZEPPA, ONTARIO THERESA and ANNIE CRAIG, all Island ferry's were moored in the Church Street slip when they were burned, two others the J.L. McEDWARDS and the ARLINGTON got up steam and tried to move the others, but a schooner, the WILLIAM ELGIN was moored in such a way as to make it impossible, they were all finished. The ARLINGTON was so hot that her Captain had to go below to escape the heat, and he let the vessel steam her own way out of the slip. The ARLINGTON and the McEDWARDS were only scorched. The MINDEN, VERONICA and SPRITE were blocked in their slip by the stone-hooker MAPLE LEAF, all four were totally burnt. The schooner MADALINE and MARY ANN were badly burnt, but were repaired
      Toronto Globe
      August 5, 1885

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      ONTARIO, steam propeller of 93 tons reg. Bunred at Toronto August 2, 1885, she was registered at Kingston, and was considered a total loss. Valued at $7,000.
      Department of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of wreck & casualty, 1885

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      ONTARIO, steamer built at Wolfe Island 1881, of 104 x 23 x 6. Burnt at Toronto August 2, 1885. Can. Reg. No. 80875
      Prelimary List of Canadian
      Merchant Shipping, 1809 - 1930

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      Steamer ONTARIO, of Kingston and 100 tons, built 1881. Burnt at Toronto August 3, 1885 and became a total loss. No cargo. Value of loss $12,000
      Total Losses on the Lakes, 1885
      Cleveland leader
      December 7, 1885

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Ontario (Propeller), fire, 2 Aug 1885