The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy (Propeller), U203170, fire, 2 Jan 1910

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What likely would have been the worst marine fire that the Great Lakes ever saw was prevented yesterday morning by good work on the part of the fire tugs HUTCHINSON and POTTER.
Shortly after 11 o'clock, fire that had been smoldering for a week down in the coal bunkers of the steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY lying near the breakwater, broke out afresh and before the fire was discovered it was beyond the crew's control. The SHAUGHNESSY was in the center of a line of ships loaded with grain for export that are wintering along the breakwall, and had the fire been allowed to spread many of them would have been badly damaged before they could have been got into a safe place.
The alarm was sent to the fire tug station at the foot of Genesee Street and the tugs responded at once notwithstanding that the SHAUGHNESSY was in Government water. In a few minutes, streams were being pumped into the burning bunker, but it was some time before the fire was extinguished. The crew say that a fire broke out in the bunker a week ago and that they thought they had extinguished it. It is believed that the flames were smoldering for days.
      Marine men say that without the help of the fire tugs the steamer and her cargo would have been burned. The cargo consisted of 300,000 bushels of wheat, worth about $350,000 and the ship is worth as much more. As it was only a small part of the cargo was damaged.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, January 3, 1910

SIR THOMAS SHAUCHNESSY Built May 19, 1906 Bulk Propeller - Steel
U. S. No. 203170 6276 gt - 4665 nt 480' x 52.2' x 30.2'
      (b) SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY - Can - 1935 (C 158636)
Arrived under tow, Castellon, Spain, for scrapping, August 9, 1969.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Sir Thomas Shaughnessy (Propeller), U203170, fire, 2 Jan 1910