The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 22, 1882

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ANOTHER STEAMER BURNED - On Monday week the news of the burning of the steam barge Vanderbilt, was received and confirmed by later telegrams. The following extract from a letter written by Mr. Olmstead to his partner Mr. Appleton, tells the story; "Long before you receive this you will hear of the burning of the Vanderbilt, which I am sorry to say is too true. We first discovered the fire when we were three or four miles from Sulphur Island Light House. Opening up the forward hatch we found the hold full of smoke. We closed it and steered for Serpent Island, where we beached her, and went to work throwing off the deck load. By the time we got it partly off and were able to get at the after hatch the lumber was all on fire from stem to stern. In the meantime we were throwing water in the forward hatch, and cutting holes in the deck, so that we could get water in; but we found the deck so badly burned on the under side in many places, that it wasn't more than an inch thick. So you will see we had not much to brag of in getting safe to shore. A steam barge and tug came to our rescue, but too late to be of any assistance. The tug gave us a free passage to Bruce Mines.

The hull of the Manitoulin has been towed to Owen Sound where her machinery is being taken out .The Company are working hard to get another boat.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 22, 1882