Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Drill Boat (Derrick), fire, 13 Apr 1909
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      Burned To The Water's Edge At Foot Of Ferry Street, Bur Nobody Was Hurt.
Fire broke out on a drill boat of the Buffalo Dredging Company in the canal at the foot of Ferrt street shortly before 11 o'clock this morning and the crew of the boat, fearing an explosion of a ton or so of dynamite stored on board the craft, rushed for the shore. All got away safely and one of them turned in the alarm.
      Half a dozen companies of firemen responded promptly, but by the time they arrived the boat was blazing from end to end and they were afraid to turn their streams upon it. The action of the water might have exploded the dynamite and Battalion Chief Petzing instructed his men to protect surrounding property and alloy no boat to burn. It was burned to the water's edge and the big cargo of dynamite destroyed.
      It is believed the fire was caused by a spark from a passing tug. It is said the loss will not exceed $5,000, and is fully covered by insurance.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, April 13, 1909

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: dynamite
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Drill Boat (Derrick), fire, 13 Apr 1909