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S. B. Pomeroy (Schooner), U22346, fire, 3 Aug 1891

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A Schooner Burned. -- The old canal schooner S. B. POMEROY caught fire on Lake Ontario while on her way from Charlotte to Port Huron with a load of coal. The flames got beyond the control of the crew, and they put off in a small boat and were picked up by a tug. The POMEROY was built in 1856 and valued at $6,000. She is probably a total loss.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, August 4, 1891

      An "Enquirer" reporter today had a talk with Capt. Francis Walters of the schooner S.B. POMEROY which burned off Oak Orchard Monday morning. He says his crew of seven fought the fire so long that when the flames finally got the best of them they had to be very quick to get off the schooner alive. As it was they saved no personal effects. The captain lost his license and glass. The cook was a woman and her dress was partly burned. The men saved absolutely nothing.
      Capt. Walters said his mate, Cooper by name, advanced the most reasonable theory as to the cause of the fire. He said the men who trimmed the cargo worked by the light of candles which they stuck on nails in the planking and ceiling. The mate thinks the trimmers must have gone off and left several of the candles still lighted. This would account for the fire starting in such an inaccessible place, between the rudder and the ceiling, and the mate's cabin.
      The captain says the tug FROST which attempted to tow him in was a very small affair, only of ten tons register, and as he had set the helm of the POMEROY hard a-port while fighting the fire, to prevent the flames sweeping the boat fore and aft, it came so near rolling the tug over when she began to pull that the line was let go. Later by using great care the schooner was towed in shore and now lies burned to the water's edge in about 12 feet of water.
      The captain is in town to see about his insurance.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      August 6, 1891

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
Fire caused serious damage to the schooner A.B. POMEROY on Lake Ontario, Sunday. The boat will probably be rebuilt, however, as she was towed ashore and scuttled in 13 ½ feet of water. She carried about 700 tons and was valued at $8,000 She was owned by Farwell and others of Detroit. The hull was insured through Crosby, Macdonald & Co. of Chicago to the limit, and her coal cargo was insured for $2,600 through Smith, Davis & Co. of Buffalo.
      Marine Review
      August 6, 1891

Captain Walters of the schooner POMEROY, which burned on Lake Ontario, says the fire first caught in the hold under the cabin, the second time it broke out in several places. The vessel is scuttled in 13 ½ feet of water at Oak Orchard. Capt. Walters thought she was damaged so much that it would not pay to release her. The POMEROY is owned here.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Friday, August 7, 1891

      The Baker Bros., of Detroit have purchased the schr. S.B. POMEROY which lies sunk in the mouth of Oak Orchard Harbor, from the underwriters. The stm. WILLIAM GILLETT has been engaged to lighter her cargo.
      Cleveland Leader
      August 30, 1891 7-5

Baker Bros., of Detroit, have bought the schooner S.C. POMEROY as she lies sunk and partially burned off Oak Orchard, Lake Ontario for $700. They also have the contract to blow up the old MISSOURI, on the beach below Sandusky, with dynamite, for which they are to receive $500 and such portion of the boat as they want.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
Two of the boats wrecked in the storm of a week ago, the schooners POMEROY and BRITISH LION, have since been taken into port and will be repaired.
      Marine Review
      September 10, 1891

The schooner POMEROY has not been raised, as has been reported, her coal cargo has been transferred to the schooner WAVE CREST.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, September 30, 1891
      The schooner S. B. POMEROY, which was burned on Lake Ontario last season and afterwards raised by the Baker Brothers, has just come from Dulac's yard at Mt. Clemens, where she was thoroughly rebuilt at an expense of some $6,000. She now belongs to the Tonawanda barge Line fleet.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      July 5, 1892
Schooner S.B. POMEROY. U. S. No. 22346. Of 406 tons gross; 386 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1856. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 150.5 x 32.4 x 11.6
      Merchant Vessel List, 1898

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Freight: coal
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    Latitude: 43.27422 Longitude: -78.33252
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S. B. Pomeroy (Schooner), U22346, fire, 3 Aug 1891