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

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Sparks set Cayuga Ablaze Fire Quelled, Safely Moved

Sparks from the inferno raging aboard the Noronic almost caused a similar blaze to break out aboard the S. S. Cayuga, which was also moored at pier 9, just a few feet away from the burning ship.

Prompt action on the part of the Cayuga’s crew snuffed a fire which started in the bow of their ship after the wind had deposited large sparks there. The Cayuga was then immediately moved and moored at pier 37, safely away from the doomed Noronic.

One of the Cayuga’s crew, Doug Porter of Toronto, was in the cocktail lounge of the Noronic when the fire broke out. "When I came out of the lounge I saw flames leaping out of the side of the ship."he said. "I spread the alarm and began helping passengers over the side with a rope. It seemed to me as if the fire started in the after part of the ship. I joined Captain Taylor and a steward and we searched the after part of the ship as far as we could for passengers.

The flames were terrific. I tried to shield my face from the heat and in doing so I lost sight of the captain and the steward. Finally I had to jump overboard and was picked up by one of the speedboats.

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