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O. R. Whitney (Steam canal boat), U53246, fire, 28 Sep 1897


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CANAL BOAT BURNED
Tonawanda, Sept. 29. -- A disastrous fire occurred last night on the Erie Canal, about half a mile west of this place, when the O.R, WHITNEY, a steam canalboat, owned by Sherman G. Fisk, of newark, N.Y., and a cargo consisting of 500 or 600 barrels of resin were destroyed.
      The O.R. WHITNEY was on her way to Buffalo with the consorts E.F & G.R. GREEN and WILLIAM & JAMES OTTS. The fire was discovered when a blaze shot out of the boiler room. An alarm of fire was sent in. This did no good, as the water mains do not run out of the village. The boat was soon in flames. All efforts to save it were useless. The boat was pulled over to the heel path and there burned to the water's edge. A large crowd gathered on the scene. The noise made by the escaping steam and water from the boiler after the plug was burned out frightened many, who scrambled for a place of safety, expecting an explosion. The loss will reach $6,000, partly covered by insurance.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, September 29, 1897
     


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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss ?
Date of Original:
1897
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Local identifier:
McN.W.24514
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.02033 Longitude: -78.88032
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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O. R. Whitney (Steam canal boat), U53246, fire, 28 Sep 1897