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Oswego Times and Express (Oswego, NY), 10 May 1883

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The Tug Gardner Burned off the Galloo Islands - No Lives Lost

A dispatch was received in this city this morning announcing the burning of the well known lake tug Gardner near the Galloo Islands last night. The particulars were not given. The dispatch requested Mr. C.C. Buel to send the tug Seymour at once but a later dispatch countermanded the order saying that the two barges, the Onondaga and Tuscarora, had reached Cape Vincent safely.

The tug left Fair Haven last bound for Ogdensburg with coal. She was owned by George Hall & Co. and was sailed by "Dutch" Leonard. The cause of the burning is not stated.

The owners could give no particulars in regard to the loss at noon, and C.C. Buel had heard noting at 3 p.m. The tug was insured for $10,000. It is understood that the barges reached Cape Vincent in safety.

Special dispatch to the Times and Express

Cape Vincent, N.Y., May 10. - The tug Gardner of Ogdensburg was burned about two o'clock this morning near the Galloo Islands, about twenty miles west from this village.

She left Oswego last night with two barges in tow loaded with coal for Montreal. The fire originated under the boiler and within five minutes after it was discovered the tug was all in flames and the engineer had barely time to back her to the first barge to allow the men to get off. Several escaped in this way and the rest took to the life boats. No hands were lost although a few were somewhat scorched. The tug is a total loss which amounts to about $20,000 and is no doubt fully insured. The wind blew a gale from the southwest and about 10 o'clock today the two barges sailed down and anchored in this harbor all right.

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10 May 1883
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.4606814420981 Longitude: -76.5120077133179
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