Steamer Fedora Burned.
The wooden steamer Fedora, bound light
from Duluth to Ashland to load iron ore,
caught fire on Lake Superior off Bass island [sic: Basswood Island] Friday night last, and became a total
loss. The fire, originated in the engine
room from an exploding lamp. - The flames
spread over the entire ship so fast that the
crew were unable to do anything with their
fire pumps, and the boat was headed by
Captain Fick for the shore, in a race to get
to the beach.
Land was finally reached five miles north
of Bayfield, and the crew made their escape
from the burning wreck in short order.
There were seventeen officers and men, and
they were uninjured, but lost all their effects. Captain Fick also lost a valuable
collection of bric-a-brac valued at several
After the Fedora struck the beach she
burned to the water's edge. The lost boat
was owned by Captain W. W. Brown of
Cleveland, and was valued at $80,000.
She was built in 1889 and was 282 feet long
by 31 feet broad and registered 1,848 gross
tons. She was one of the best class of
wooden ships. The burned steamer carried