The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Sep 1893

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Leamington, Sept. 13th - The steamer Byron Trerice, which plies between Rondeau harbor and Cleveland, was burned at the Leamington dock this morning, at two o'clock. The origin of the fire is unknown, but is supposed to have been caused by the explosion of the lamp which burns on the forward part of the vessel at night. There was no watchman owing to the fact that the crew were short-handed and the boat was tied to the dock. The fire had gained such headway before being discovered and was burning so rapidly that those of the crew who escaped did so only with their lives. Two of the crew, George Shaw, fireman, of Wallaceburg, and John Cronk, deckhand, Dresden, perished, being suffocated by the smoke before aware of their danger. Jennie Fennell, of Wallaceburg, twenty-two years of age, who was cook, was drowned. The purser and mate jumped to the dock, but Capt. D.F. McCrae was the last to leave the vessel and tried to get at one of the lifeboats to go to the rescue of the girl, but was driven off by the heat. An effort was made to get a boat on the shore, but none could be found. There was about fifty tons of coal on board and considerable wood and these are still burning. The boat will be a total loss. It is not known whether any portion of the loss is covered by insurance.

The boat was owned by W.D. McCrae, of Wallaceburg, and was registered A-1. Her value was $25,000. She had been thoroughly overhauled and refitted to the extent of $12,000 last winter, so that she was as elegant a boat as any of her class. She had been driven off her route on her way to Cleveland by heavy weather and had taken shelter in Pigeon bay. But for the heavy weather and the fact she was waiting for George Tabor, of Wallaceburg, who was to take charge as engineer, Hon. A.S. Hardy and party were to have gone to the Eau by her. Quite a portion of the dock has been consumed also.

Marine Intelligence.

Arrivals: props Orion and Marion, Chicago, grain; schr. Pilot, Clayton, light; str. Magnet, Hamilton, passengers and cargo.

The barge Huron, on the rocks in the Galops rapids, near Cardinal, after being lightened of over 400 tons of coal, has been got off and proceeded to Montreal.

With the large barges built by the transportation companies, in anticipation of the enlargement of the St. Lawrence canals, it is said that the freight rate from Kingston to Montreal could be reduced by one cent. It is now 2 1/2 cents to 2 3/4 cents per bushel.

Departures: schr. Laura D., Cape Vincent, shingles and laths; B.W. Folger, Oswego, lumber; schr. John Martin, Duluth, light; schr. Julia, Deseronto, light; tug Active, Prescott, light; tug Walker and six barges, Montreal, grain; prop. Erin, Port Dalhousie, light; schr. Queen of the Lake, Charlotte, light; schr. Adriatic and prop. E.B. Hale, Duluth, light.

Tomorrow Capts. Paul and McKee, with four divers, engineers and plant, will leave for Brockville. They will remove a dangerous shoal in the River St. Lawrence at Hillcrest. It was originally intended to place a buoy on the shoal, but it has since been decided to blast the rock out and remove the obstruction entirely. The taking away of the shoal will be quite a boon to navigators on the St. Lawrence.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Sep 1893