The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Toronto Daily Star (Toronto, ON), Sept. 17,1949.

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Bodies Falling, All Around Me- Ship Watchman

Alfred Peterson, watchman on the Noronic, was on the bottom deck sweeping when he heard the ship’s whistle blow. He attempted to get up to the decks but was forced back by smoke so he jumped to the wharf. A survivor of the Hamonic fire. Peterson held hopes taut while passengers slid down to safety, their hands burned by the ropes and their screams filling the air.

"People were screaming and jumping without thinking." he said. "Bodies were falling all around me on the dock and soon the screams were mingled with the moans of the injured. It was awful- a lot worse than the Hamonic fire.

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Toronto Daily Star (Toronto, ON), Sept. 17,1949.