The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1903

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A Vessel Ashore.

Owen Sound, Nov. 18th - The steamer Windsor, of the Algoma Navigation company, bound down from the Soo, ran ashore at Squaw Point, early this morning during a blinding snow storm. It commenced snowing some time after midnight and continued until a depth of eight inches had fallen. Two of the Windsor's crew came ashore in a boat and walked to town and secured the tug Agnes, which attempted to pull the Windsor off, but failed. The vessel's passengers were transferred to the tug and brought to town. More powerful tugs are now lightering the vessel and likely will pull her off today.



The Steamer Beached On St. Clair Shore.

Detroit, Nov. 18th - The second fire within four days broke out on board the steamer Minnesota, owned by James Corrigan, Cleveland, yesterday, and that vessel is now declared to be a total loss, beached on the Canadian shore of the St. Clair, a little above Grand Pointe Hotel. Just how the first fire started is unknown.

On Friday morning the steamer Minnesota was at Erie when she caught fire, and the engine room and cabins were burned away before the bucket brigade got the flames under control. It is now thought the fire could not have been completely smothered, and that some smouldering spark was the cause of the second fire.

The blazing steamer passed Algonac about ten o'clock, with the engines going at full speed, bound down. Capt. Harvey Peters finally decided that the crew's hard struggle to save their ship was of no avail, and the steamer was beached. The captain hurried to Algonac in the small boat, and notified the owners at Cleveland.

The heat from the burning cargo of 800 tons of soft coal was so intense that small boats were unable to approach within 200 feet of the Minnesota, except to windward. Soon after hearing of the fire Assistant Engineer E.S. Wheeler, on board the government steamer Hancock, ordered that ship to the fire. Streams from the Hancock were poured on the blazing coal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1903