Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. F. P. Taylor (Steamboat), fire, 18 Aug 1836
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FIRE. - The Steam Boat W.F.P. TAYLOR, was burnt last night, at the mouth of the Cattaeragus Creek, with the loss of one man, the Steward. We have learn nothing further.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, August 20, 1836 p.2. c.2

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      STEAM BOAT DISASTER. - Yesterday (the 18th), between the hours of 1 and 2 o'clock the flag of a Steam Boat was seen at Half-mast off the port of Irving - which was soon discovered by the inhabitants on shore to be the Wm. F.P. TAYLOR of Buffalo, bound up the Lake , and on fire.
      The inhabitants turned out to her relief, and met her ascending the Cattaraugus between Moore's Stage-house and the Lake, where she came to, with the loss of her boats and one hand, the Steward. This man, in attempting to man the small boat, fell overboard, and was drowned. Damages, as far as ascertained, not worth a thought, after the loss of the worthy individual above mentioned.
      The inhabitants were prompt to render all possible assistance; and aided by a large party on board, soon subdued the flames, with but slight damages to her engine, hull, and furniture.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, August 22, 1863

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DISASTER ON THE LAKE. -- The steamboat Wm. F. TAYLOR, on Friday afternoon last, while off the Cattaraugus Creek, took fire, and made her way into Irving, where the passengers and hands on board, aided by the citizens, succeeded in subduing the flames before the fire had seriously injured either her hull, engine or furniture. The steward in attempting to man the small boat, fell overboard and was drowned.
      Black Rock Advocate
      August 25, 1836, p. 3, c. 2

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Reason: fire
Lives: 1
Remarks: Repaired
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W. F. P. Taylor (Steamboat), fire, 18 Aug 1836