The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George Maytham (Propeller), fire, 26 Aug 1880

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Meadord, Ont., August 26. -- The tug GEORGE MAYTHAM, which left here last night for Owen Sound with a schooner in tow, took fire early this morning and sustained considerable damage.
      There were only three persons on board the tug at the time, of whom a boy named John Keen, in order to escape from the burning boat, pushed the hatch overboard and attempted to swim to it, but was drowned. The Government tug TRUDEAU went to the assistance of the MAYTHEM and towed her in here. The two remaining men, Captain McNab and Engineer Geo. Caldwell, were pretty severely burned.
      The J. W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September 1880
      The tug GEORGE MAYTHAN which left Collingwood on Wednesday night of last week took fire next morning about 5 o'clock while opposite Thornbury, and was soon in flames. There were on board at the time three persons, Capt. McNabb, the owner George Caldwell, engineer and boy named John Kerr. Young Kerr pushed the hatch overboard and swam to it leaving the burning boat, and is supposed to be lost. A signal of distress was seen from Meaford when the Government tug TRUDEAU went to her assistance and towed her and the two men who were on board, who suffered considerably, to Meaford.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      September 2, 1880

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Reason: fire
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.610833 Longitude: -80.587777
William R. McNeil
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George Maytham (Propeller), fire, 26 Aug 1880