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Northern Belle (Propeller), C71111, fire, 7 Nov 1898

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Built at marine City, Mich., in 1975 as propeller GLADYS. Became Canadian and renamed NORTHERN BELLE in 1877, of 513 tons. 129 x 23 x 10 Burnt and sunk in Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, November 7, 1898.
      Preliminary List of Canadian SteamShips
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930
[Full report in Toronto Globe, November 8, 1898]

Collingwood, November 7. -- The steamer NORTHERN BELLE burned on the Magnettwa River yesterday. The passengers and crew reached Parry Sound on a tug today. The NORTHERN BELLE, which was owned here was valued at $15,000 and was of 290 tons.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      November 8, 1898
Steam screw NORTHERN BELLE. Official Canada No. 71111. Of 513 tons gross; 349 tons reg. Built Marine City, U. S. in 1876. Home port, Collingwood, Ont. 129.0 x 22.6 x 9.5. Owned by Charles Cameron, of Collingwood, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1898

Location of wreck of NORTHERN BELLE. Chart No. 2293. North 45 degrees 46', 1", West 80 degrees, 35', 20". Proceeding from Byng Inlet and heading towards Georgian Bay, pass Rabbit Island and Old Mill Island then Wright's Marina on your right hand side [1875] -- About a half mile past the Marina and on the left, painted on a rock on shore is the name NORTHERN BELLE -- Move back to the next rock, [about 100 feet back] and the ribs can be seen just below the surface about 20 feet from shore.
      Bill McNeil [about 1975]

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.770555 Longitude: -80.546111
William R. McNeil
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Northern Belle (Propeller), C71111, fire, 7 Nov 1898