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Bristol (Propeller), fire, 8 Oct 1875

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Hamilton, Oct. 8 - The prop. STANDLEY and BRISTOL, lying at the dock here burned to the water's edge this morning. The prop. NEW ZELAND also took fire and was damaged to the extent of $1,000. The STANDLEY and BRISTOL were valued at $40,000 each; insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 8, 1875 3-9

Hamilton, Oct. 8. -- This morning about half past three o'clock, the propellers STANDLEY and BRISTOL, lying in winter moorings at Zealand Dock, were discovered to be on fire, and before assistance could be rendered both boats were beyond control. The BRISTOL was burned to the water's edge, proving a total loss. The propeller ZEALAND, lying at the same dock took fire but was got out of the way, sustaining damage to the extent of about $800. The three propellers were moored alongside each other, the BRISTOL next the dock, the ZEALAND outside. The fire originated aboard the STANDLEY, which was in the center. The ZEALAND was cut adrift and shoved off after being badly scorched. Fortunately, little or no wind prevailed, and rain set in shortly after. The STANDLEY and the BRISTOL belonged to the insolvent estate of Wyilie & Young, and was held by the Merchant's Bank as security. The STANDLEY was valued at $35,000, and insured in the British American for $15,000, Western $7,000 and Royal Canadian $6,000. The BRISTOL was valued at $15,000 and was insured for $10,000 in the Royal. The hull of the vessels will likely be saved. They are being sunk.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Saturday, October 9, 1875

      The hull of the propeller BRISTOL, burned in Hamilton last winter, has been bought by the Messrs. Muir for $2,000, who propose to rebuild and construct her into a steam barge.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday. April 29, 1876
      BRISTOL, [Of about] 341 tons gross. Built Brockville, Ont., 1862. 138 x 24 x 12. Rebuilt as ALBION at Port Dalhousie in 1876. of 297 tons gross. Official Canada No. 73960. 134 x 26 x 11. DISPOSITION - Wrecked lake Huron October 3, 1887.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.25011 Longitude: -79.84963
William R. McNeil
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Bristol (Propeller), fire, 8 Oct 1875