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Calapco No. 2 (Tug), fire, 13 Nov 1946

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Fire Destroys Tug In Oswego Harbor
      Oswego - A spectacular fire today in Oswego harbor resulted in the burning of a tug, CALAPCO No. 2, to the water line with a loss estimated by a Coast Guard official as from $50,000 to $75,000.
      Cause of the fire was not learned but Chief Monte Lass of the Oswego Fire Department said that the tug was engaged in towing a gasoline barge, the TUSCARORA, and was about to leave the Barge Canal to enter the harbor when the crew discovered flames in the hold of the wooden boat.
      Capt. J. E. Paqueit of the tug owned by the Canal Lake Stone Co., New York, was forced to abandon ship and his crew and another tug of the company immediately removed the gasoline-carrying barge to a place of safety in the canal.
      Soon after the flames broke out at 3:45 a.m., the Coast Guard was notified and patrolled the area while the Oswego Fire Department¹s three companies battled the flames, Chief Lass, assisted by assistant chief Peter
Brown ordered two lines of water from Engine Co. No. 1 played upon the burning tug.
      Chlef Lass, however, had to order firement to halt their efforts when it was seen that the tons of water would likely sink the CALPACO. Cuast Guardsmen then hauled the burning hulk to the harbor breakwall, where flying
sparks would have no effect on nearby boats or harbor installaions.
      The tug is of the diesel engine type and fire officials said that due to the large amount of oil and grease accumulated in its engines and bilges had allowed the fire to make great headway.
      Syracuse Post-Standard
      November 13, 1946

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Calapco No. 2 (Tug), fire, 13 Nov 1946