The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Steamer Fedora Burned
Sturgeon Bay Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 28 Sep 1901

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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 thousand dollars.

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 $80,000 insurance.

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28 Sep 1901
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 46.8295435209933 Longitude: -90.7710192382813
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Steamer Fedora Burned