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City of Collingwood (Propeller), C94766, fire, 20 Jun 1905

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Collingwood, June 22, 1905. - Four Men Meet a Horrible Death - James Meade, Prescott, fireman; Lyman Finch, Owen Sound, deckhand; A. Mclellan, East Tawas, deckhand; one crewmember unknown [He joined the boat at Soo on the way down].
The fire was discovered at 2 A. M. It had started around the smokestack. Captain Wright had gone to his home on Pine St. about an hour before and was preparing for bed when he heard four whistles sounded by the steamer Brittanic which was laying alongside. Captain Wright went at once to the dock, went aboard and woke the 1st mate J. D. Montgomery and a wheelsman. They had to jump to the dock to escape the flames. The unfortunate men that lost their lives were sleeping in the forecastle and could not escape. The portholes were too small to get through.
      After the fire had been burning two hours the remains of the steamer were towed to what may be called the graveyard of the harbour - the shallow water on the west side where a few years before her sister ship the City Of Parry Sound had burned to the waters edge.
      She was still burning as Captain Scott of the tug Saucy Jim shoved her into her final resting place. The masts fell as did the smokestack.
The City of Collingwood was one of the finest steamers of the N. N. Co. and the flagship of the Georgian Bay Div.
      Collingwood Bulletin
      June 22, 1905

Capt. A. McDougall is in town from Georgian Bay and reports that the wreck of the steamer COLLINGWOOD is the worst he ever saw. She is burned to the water's edge, broken in two and lies in the mud. She will be a total loss, even to her machinery and boilers. The fire started in the engine room. Her cylinders are badly cracked, and the three boilers are worthless.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 22, 1905

Steam screw CITY OF COLLINGWOOD. Official Canada No. 94766. Of 1,387 gross tons; 893 tons reg. Built Owen Sound, Ont., 1893. Home port, Owen Sound, Ont. 213.0 x 34.0 x 12.6 Owned by the Northern Navigation Company of Ontario, of Collingwood, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Regisatry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1902

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Reason: fire
Lives: 4
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.4834 Longitude: -80.21638
William R. McNeil
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City of Collingwood (Propeller), C94766, fire, 20 Jun 1905