The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. R. Whitnet, fire, 28 Sep 1897

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      Tonawanda, Sept. 29. - A disastrous fire occurred last night on the Erie Canal, about half a mile west of this place, when the O.R. WHITNEY, a steam canalboat, owned by Sherman G. Fisk, of Newark, N. Y., and a cargo consisting of 500 or 600 barrels of resin were destroyed.
      The O.R. WHITNEY was on her way to Buffalo with the consorts E.F. & G. R. GREEN and WILLIAM & JAMES OTTS. The fire was discovered when a blaze shot out of the boiler room. An ararm of fire was sent in. This did no good, as the water mains do not run out of the village. The boat was soon in flames. All efforts to save it were useless. The boat was pulled over to the heel-path and there burned to the water's edge. A large crowd gathered on the scene. The noise made by the escaping steam and water from the boiler arter the plug was burned out frightened man, who scrambled for a place of safety, expecting an explosion. The loss will reach $6,000, partly covered by insurance.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, September 29, 1897 4-2

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      NOTE. - Still listed in M.V.L.U.S. for 1898

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: resin
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.02033 Longitude: -78.88032
William R. McNeil
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O. R. Whitnet, fire, 28 Sep 1897