The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 8, 1872

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COLLINGWOOD, Aug. 3. - Cap. J. McPherson and crew arrived by the schooner New Dominion to day, bringing particulars of the burning of the propeller M. R. Robertson. The propeller left Chicago on the 27th July with 16, 500 bushels of wheat for Collingwood having the schooner New Dominion in tow. When off Skellagallee lighthouse, on the night of the 29th, an alarm of fire was given. The crew made every effort to extinguish the flames, but the engineer and fireman were soon driven from their post, and as the propeller was going at full speed against the wind, all attempts to save her were fruitless. In launching the lifeboat several men had narrow escapes from the flames. Ten minutes after the flames broke out, the tow line of the New Dominion was burned, and she was sent adrift. The engine finally stopped, and the Dominion sent her boats to the rescue. All the men escaped, but everything they had was burned, some having neither boots nor hats.

The propeller City of Frumont came along shortly afterwards, and four of the crew went on her to Sarnia. The wreck when last seen had drifted on to Hogg Island Reef.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 8, 1872