The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ogdensburg Advance (Ogdensburg, NY), 29 Nov 1877

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The burning of the steamer Enterprise at Dodges Landing on the night of the 20th, came very near causing the loss of life, as well as property. The facts as we have learned them were that the boat came that day from Ogdensburg, arriving about three o'clock. She was unloaded of her freight and had been reloaded with some considerable amount of freight for Ogdensburg. The crew, with the exception of the Captain and mate (who went home as is usually their custom,) were on board at the time the fire was discovered, and asleep in the cabin on the upper deck. But for the arrival of the Algona and discovery of the fire by her crew, these men, no doubt, would have had to endangered their lives by jumping into the river. The owners of the Enterprise are energetic young men, and have done the most of the freight business on this line for three years past. They have always given satisfaction, and it is to be hoped the loss of their boat will not prevent their continuing in the same business. The fire was first discovered by the captain of the Algona, who saw the smoke coming out of the hold. He sent one of his crew to see what the trouble was. Upon lifting up the hatch the smoke came pouring up. It is thought the fire caught from the furnace.

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29 Nov 1877
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.9672270284503 Longitude: -74.9190759658813
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Ogdensburg Advance (Ogdensburg, NY), 29 Nov 1877