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Wawana, fire, 1 Jun 1917

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      Patrol Boat Wawana Burned Off Bruce Peninsula and Those Aboard Have Close Call
      Word has been received in town that the patrol boat Wawana owned by the Fisheries Department of the Ontario Government was destroyed by fire while in mid-lake. The officers and crew and a Government official who was aboard at the time barely escaped with their lives. The fire started near the stem and spread so rapidly that there was barely time to escape to the lifeboats. The boat was on lake Huron off the Bruce Peninsula when the fire broke out. The boat was in charge of Capt. S.J. Corson. Formerly of Owen Sound.
The Wawana was formerly a pleasure yacht owned by Mr. Manley of Meaford, and was purchased by the Provincial Government a year ago, and fitted out as a fisheries patrol boat in Owen Sound harbor during July and August last year. She was prepared for service on Lake Erie. The boilers and engine were taken out and she was equipped with an engine of the oil burning type, operated by crude oil. The boat was completely overhauled and the upper works entirely rebuilt. Large stomge tanks with capacity of 500 gallons of crude oil and 150 gallons of gasoline were placed aboard. The alterations were carried out under the direction of Capt. Corson who was aboard when the vessel took fire.
      The Owen Sound Sun
      June 26,1917
      [Courtesy Bill Hester]
      Stm. WAWONA. Of 31 tons. Built 1908. Of 60 length. Owned by H. Manley, of Meaford, Ont.
      Shipmasters Association of the Great lakes
      Marine Directory, April 1914

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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Wawana, fire, 1 Jun 1917