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A. D. Hayward (Propeller), fire, 6 Jan 1897

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      The A. D. HAYWARD of Detroit Almost Totally Destroyed at Tonawanda.
North Tonawanda, Jan. 7. -- The large steam barge A. D. HAYWARD was almost totally destroyed by fire last night. It was lying tied up in winter quarters at Rumbold & Bellinger's dock. The fire was discovered by Officer Miller. When the firemen arrived they found the stern, cabin and aft part of the ship enveloped in a mass of flames. A general alarm was sent in and soon six or seven streams were pouring on the boat. There was a strong wind blowing across the river and there were a number of other boats lying close to the HAYWARD. Tugs were telephoned to assist in removing the boats in danger. The huge St. LOUIS and the CHAMPION were lying close to the stern of the burning hulk and the firemen were frequently compelled to play on them.
The fire slowly made its way forward amidships, and for a time it seemed as if the whole boat were doomed, despite the vigorous efforts of the firemen. The fight was continued until long into the night before the fire was under control. The damage is estimated at $35,000. The stern of the boat, including the machinery and engines, the cabin furniture and marine paraphernalia, were burned. More than half the boat will have to be rebuilt.
The HAYWARD was under the control of Capt. J. Pringle, who is living in the cabin of the CALDWELL, the consort of the HAYWARD. His wife and he were entertaining some friends and the firemen were on the scene before he knew the ship was on fire.
There is no insurance on the damaged boat. It is owned by J. R. Van Slyke of Detroit. The origin of the fire is a mystery.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, January 7, 1897

The United States Marshall, J. Bernatz, seized the machinery and boiler of the steambarge HAYWARD, now being placed in the old tow barge COLWELL at Marine City on Monday. The HAYWARD is owned by J.R. Van Slack and Capt. John Pringle, Jr., of Detroit.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 26, 1897

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Reason: fire
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.02033 Longitude: -78.88032
William R. McNeil
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A. D. Hayward (Propeller), fire, 6 Jan 1897