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Chemung (Propeller), U126495, fire, 8 Jul 1897

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      Erie Line Steamer In A Fire At Chicago - Warehouses Destroyed.
Chicago, July 8. - The dock warehouse of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company, extending from Van Buren to Harrison on the west to the river, burned this morning. Besides the warehouse, which was stored with merchandise, about 40 loaded freight cars were consumed. The loss is estimated at $200,000 to $250,000.
      The steamer CHEMUNG of the Erie Railroad line, which was being unloaded at the docks, was slightly damaged. When the fire communicated to the CHEMUNG, a large number of sailors were asleep in their bunks, and several of them had narrow escapes. There was a panic among the men asleep in the dock house and they were hastily awakened by Watchman Sutfie of the Alton Company, and some were badly bruised in escaping from the blazing structure.
      Sutfie remained in the building on the dock house so long taht his escape by the main entrance was made impossible and he was forced to jump froma window. He was injured, but not seriously.
      Sparks from a passing steamer are supposed to be the cause of the fire.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, July 8, 1897 7 - 4

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Steam screw CHEMUNG.* U. S. No. 126495. Of 3,061 tons gross; 1,848 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1888. Home port, New York, N.Y. 326.7 x 41.2 x 23.2 Freight service. Crew of 17. Of 1,000 indicated horse power.
* formerly Steam screw [a] CHEMUNG, [b] GEORGE F. BROWNELL.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1916

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Reason: fire
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Chemung (Propeller), U126495, fire, 8 Jul 1897