The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Packet (Orillia, ON), May 26, 1882

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On his arrival from Manitoulin on Tuesday Mr. Connell called at the Packet office to relate his exciting experience in the burning of the steamer Manitoulin, on the 18th. Mr. Connell says it was most providential that the disaster occurred in Manitowaning bay and so near to shore as if the vessel had been out 500 yards further out, few or no lives would have been saved. The safety of the passengers was due to the courage of Playter, the wheelsmen, who heroically held his post and to he coolness of Capt. Campbell, who has received a grateful address from the passengers, more than 60 in number. Mr. Connell assisted the women and children to leave the burning vessel, and was himself among the last to quit. He escaped with a few bruises. He is of the opinion that the loss of life did not exceed fourteen. Mr. Connell thinks the bursting of the engine room lamp was the cause of the calamity.

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May 26, 1882
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Bill Hester
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Packet (Orillia, ON), May 26, 1882