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Flower City (Steamboat), U120413, fire, 6 Aug 1881

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The following particulars of the burning of the steamer FLOWER CITY, at Clayton, are given by an Oswego exchange: "A fire had just been started in her engine, as she had been engaged to carry an excursion to Kingston. The fire caught from a defective stack. An alarm was sounded, but after hard work it was seen that the fire could not be extinguished and she was cut adrift. She floated a little way down stream and burned about three-quarters of an hour. The sight was a grand one and was witnessed by a large number of people. After burning some time, the steam-tug McARTHUR of Canada came to her assistance, and soon had a large stream of water on the fire and succeeded in putting it out after the cabin and all the upper works had been burned. No lives were lost.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 12, 1881

      Side wheel steamer ONTARIO. Of 245 tons. Built at Rochester in 1880 by Ault. Rebuilt in 1883. Owned by Barney. Home port, Clayton. Value $25,000. Class A 2. REMARKS. -- Formerly FLOWER CITY.
      Inland lloyds Vessel Register, 1885

Side wheel steamer ONTARIO. U. S. No. 155097. Of 444.83 tons gross; 245.11 tons net. Built Clayton, N.Y., 1884. Home port, Clayton, N.Y. 160.7 x 21.0 x 7.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

Side wheel steamer FLOWER CITY. U. S. No. 120413. Of 217 tons. Built at Rochester in 1880 by Ault. Rebuilt after partial burning Aug. 6, 1881 as ONTARIO and renumbered as U. S. 155097.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Rebuilt as ONTARIO
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.23949 Longitude: -76.08578
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Flower City (Steamboat), U120413, fire, 6 Aug 1881