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Pittsburgh (Steamboat), C92653, fire, 31 Aug 1903

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Windsor, Ont. Aug. 31. -- The steamer PITTSBURG of the Georgian Bay Navigation Company's fleet was burned to the water's edge while tied up at a dock in Sandwich this morning. This boat, which was valued at about $60,000, is a total loss. Insurance covers the loss but partially. Incendiarism is suspected. The PITTSBURG was formerly the old CARMONA, but had been entirely rebuilt in the past three years. She has been on the run from Cleveland to the Soo by way of the Thirty Thousands Islands and the North Channel. Business has been very poor and the boat was tied up a few days ago. Some of the members of the crew, it is said, experienced difficulty in getting their wages when the PITTSBURG tied up. Some of the men stayed aboard to lay her up for the winter. At 2 and again at 4 o'clock this morning they got up when they heard noises aboard, but failed to find anything wrong, after carefully searching the boat. At 6 o'clock they were awakened again and barely had time to escape with their lives.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, August 31, 1903

The well-known Canadian passenger steamer PITTSBURG, owned by the Huron Navigation Co. and valued at $60,000 burned to the water's edge at Queen's dock in Sandwich Sunday. The crew of eight escaped. The origin of the fire is a mystery. The tug HOME RULE helped but could not put out the fire. The PITTSBURG was built in 1871, of 882 tons, 221 feet long 28 foot beam. She was originally named MANITOBA, later CARMONA which name she held until rebuilt a few years ago when she was renamed PITTSBURG.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 31, 1903
      Toronto, Ont., Sept. 3. -- (Special Cable) London, Sept. 2. -- Lloyds correspondent of the Times says that the steamer PITTSBURG, destroyed by fire the other day at Windsor, Ont., was insured for a rather high value, namely $50,000, and that the circumstances of the fire make it desirable that there should be a close investigation in the interests of the underwriters.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, September 3, 1903
      MANITOBA; CARMONA(1888); PITTSBURG (1900), 92653. Built Port Robinson, Ont. 1871, Paddlewheel passenger steamer of 980 gross tons, 173 x 25 x 11. Rebuilt Collingwood 1900 of 1349 gross tons, 221 x 28 x 12. Burnt Sandwich, Ont. Sept. 30, 1903.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      ( Coastal and Inland ) 1809 to 1930
Steam paddle PITTSBURG. Official Canada No. 92653. Of 1,349 tons gross; 882 tons reg. Built Port Robinson, Ont. 1871. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 221.0 x 28.0 x 12.0 Owned by Georgian Bay Navigation Co., Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1902

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.28318 Longitude: -83.05925
William R. McNeil
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Pittsburgh (Steamboat), C92653, fire, 31 Aug 1903