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The Tug Gardner Burned.
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 10 May 1883

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The Tug Gardner Burned.
She takes Fire Near the Galloup Island this morning and is Totally Destroyed All hands Save The Barges Reach Cape Vincent

Special Despatch to the Palladium

Ogdensburg May 10– The tug Gardner left Fair Haven at seven o’clock last night with two barges of coal for Montreal. Capt. Leonard telegraphs from Cape Vincent that the tug burned this morning off Galloup Island and is a total loss. No further particulars. She is insured for $10,000 in the Boston Marine ,Shoe and Leather, Continental and Buffalo insurance companies. The two barges sailed into Cape Vincent this morning. The crew are all Save.

The particulars

Cape Vincent– May 10. The tug Gardner burned about 2 o’clock this morning near the Galloup Islands about twenty miles west from this town. She left Fair Haven last night with two barges in tow loaded with coal for Ogdensburg. The fire originated under the boiler, and within five minutes after it was discovered the tug was 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 boat. No hands were lost although a few were scorched. The tug is a total loss, which amount to about $20,000 and is probably fully insured. The wind blows a gale from the south and about ten o’clock to day the two barges sailed down and anchored in this harbor all right

Her Record

The tug Gardner was built in Buffalo in 1872 by George W. Notter. She was valued at $14,000. The Barges in tow were the Onondaga and Tuscarora.

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10 May 1883
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.90562 Longitude: -76.41633
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The Tug Gardner Burned.