The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), June 22, 1905

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Collingwood, June 22, 1905. - Four Men Meet a Horrible Death - James Meade, Prescott, fireman; Lyman Finch, Owen Sound, deckhand; A. Mclellan, East Tawas, deckhand; one crewmember unknown [He joined the boat at Soo on the way down].

The fire was discovered at 2 A. M. It had started around the smokestack. Captain Wright had gone to his home on Pine St. about an hour before and was preparing for bed when he heard four whistles sounded by the steamer Brittanic which was laying alongside. Captain Wright went at once to the dock, went aboard and woke the 1st mate J. D. Montgomery and a wheelsman. They had to jump to the dock to escape the flames. The unfortunate men that lost their lives were sleeping in the forecastle and could not escape. The portholes were too small to get through.

After the fire had been burning two hours the remains of the steamer were towed to what may be called the graveyard of the harbour - the shallow water on the west side where a few years before her sister ship the City Of Parry Sound had burned to the waters edge.

She was still burning as Captain Scott of the tug Saucy Jim shoved her into her final resting place. The masts fell as did the smokestack.

The City of Collingwood was one of the finest steamers of the N. N. Co.* and the flagship of the Georgian Bay Div.

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*Northern Navigation Co., Collingwood.

The CITY OF COLLINGWOOD (C#94766) burned at the Grand Trunk rail docks at Collingwood and was destroyed, along with the dock and nearby sheds. She was 213 feet keel and 1,387 t. The CITY OF PARRY SOUND (C#94762, ex-FAVORITE), which burned in 1900, may have been her fleetmate (shows as being owned by North Shore Navigation Co.), but technically was not a sister ship, as she was much smaller (130 ft, 491 t.).
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June 22, 1905
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Don Boone
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Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), June 22, 1905