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Myrtle (Propeller), U200163, fire, 25 Aug 1903

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Tanks containing 1700 gallons of oil burst on the Standard Oil Company's propeller CLAYTON on the St. Lawrence River near Clayton, and caused several acres of river surface to become a field of fire. The oil was thrown in all directions by the explosion and the docks were saved with great difficulty. The CLAYTON was entirely destroyed.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 27, 1903
NOTE:-- The casualty of the CLAYTON is ignored as unlikely

As a result of a lantern explosion the steamer MYRTLE burned to the water's edge yesterday at Wellsley Island, near Clayton, Ont. The loss was $7,000
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 28, 1903

The steamer MYRTLE burned to the water's edge at Wellesly Island near Clayton on Thursday. A lantern exploded throwing the burning oil all over the boat. Loss is $7,000; insurance $1,200.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, August 28, 1903
Steam screw MYRTLE. U. S. No. 200163. Of 10 gross tons. Built Grindstone Island, N.Y., 1903. 56.4 x 9.0 x 3.9. Burned August 28, 1903.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.3156 Longitude: -76.0119
William R. McNeil
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Myrtle (Propeller), U200163, fire, 25 Aug 1903