The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), December 14, 1882

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A despatch from Collingwood dated Dec. 6th says: - Early this morning fire was discovered on board the steamer Oneida lying at Northern railway docks, which destroyed all the aft portion of the vessel to the hull, and part of the forward cabins. Workmen have been engaged for the last week in stripping the vessel and laying her up, but no clue can be ascertained as to the cause of the fire. The steamer was scuttled at the docks, and sank in 13 feet of water. Insured in some American company for $35, 000. The fire was discovered by the purser, Monday, who with the captain and his wife and the lady's maid were all on board. Mackay says he was awakened by the crackling of timbers. He jumped out of bed and opened his door and found the aft part of the steamer close to his office and bedroom completely enveloped in flames. He at once called out "The boat "s on fire" awoke the captain and his wife and the lady's maid. The four then made their escape and barely got off the steamer with their lives, the ladies in their night-dresses, the captain with hardly any clothing on and barefooted, and the purser with only his coat. Captain McInnes who is the owner of the propellor and his wife both lost gold watches and all their clothing which was packed ready to leave on the eight o'clock train this morning. The purser lost everything. The steamer had just completed laying up, and all her furniture &c. Being stored in the cabin was also destroyed. All hands were paid off yesterday, and the remaining four intended leaving this morning. It is impossible to get the name of the insurance companies interested but it is believed the damage will be fully covered.

The Northern Belle laid up at Collingwood last week coming in from Parry Sound the last boat of the season.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), December 14, 1882