The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 27, 1874

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Propellor Burnt - One Life Lost

OWEN SOUND, Aug.22- The steamer Silver Spray arrived this morning, from Sault Ste. Marie, and reports as follows: At 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, the propellor City of London, while lying at the dock in Collins' Inlet took fire from somewhere in the engine room, and in a few minutes she was a mass of flames. She had about thirty passengers on board, who were in bed at the time, and barely escaped with their lives, so rapid was the progress of the flames. Nearly all the passengers and crew lost their personal effects and a great number jumped on to the dock in their night cloths. A tug was sent to Killarney to procure blankets and other necessaries for the sufferers. A deck hand named Archie Campbell was burnt to death. The Silver Spray brought the City of London's passengers here this morning. The purser of the London had not gone to bed when the alarm of fire was given and cannot account for the origin of the disaster. Within five minutes after it was discovered it was enveloped in flames. The officers and others lost everything they had on board, and only escaped with what clothing they had on at the time. A man named Johnson, with his family, eight in all, from the township of Arran, was removing to Michigan, taking with him his household effects, stock and implements. He has lost everything and had to borrow clothing from the mill hands to cover his family. The boat was insured with the Western for $18, 000. She is burnt to the water's edge, and lies in eleven feet of water. About 100, 00 feet of lumber on deck was also burned.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 27, 1874