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City of Genoa (Propeller), fire, 1 Oct 1901

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      The steamer CITY OF GENOA, one of the J. C. Gilchrist's big fleet, had a narrow escape from total destruction by fire off Windmill Point, thirty miles outside of Buffalo, yesterday afternoon. "The blaze originated in the room of Capt. Hawkins, in the forward cabin. The crew were quick in responding to the alarm, and after several hours of hard work with streams from the force pumps, and with buckets also, succeeded in saving the steamer, but not until the forward cabin had been completely destroyed and the deck in its vicinity ruined. The damage to the steamer is estimated at $10,000, and it will take upwards of a month to make needed repairs. She had on a cargo of 110,000 bushels of grain from Duluth, which will be found to have suffered heavily from water and smoke, Capt. Hawkins lost all of his personal effects, and his papers also. The CITY OF GENOA's engine had become disabled on lake Huron and was being towed to Buffalo by the steamer MECOSTA when the fire occurred.
      Assorted newspaper Clippings
      October 2, 1901
Buffalo, October 4. -- The hull of the burned steamer AVON, of the Union Transit Line, has been sold to John Hannah, of the Hannah Coal and transportation Company of Ogdensburg.
      The steamer will be rebuilt as a course freighter and not as a barge, as was expected. Work on the engine was begun today. The price of the wreck was not given out.
      The burned steamer CITY OF GENOA was towed to Cleveland today, where repairs will be made. It will take six weeks to put the boat in shape.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 5, 1901

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.868333 Longitude: -79.008333
William R. McNeil
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City of Genoa (Propeller), fire, 1 Oct 1901