Georgian Bay, ON (Lake Huron) Steamer MANITOULIN Lost, May 1882
A STEAMER BURNED.
BETWEEN TWENTY AND TWENTY-FIVE LIVES LOST BY THE BURNING OF THE STEAMER MANITOULIN ON GEORGIAN BAY -- GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE FIERY TRAGEDY.
Toronto, May 23. -- News from the eastern shore of Lake Huron, always annoyingly slow, is dilatory to an exasperating degree in the case of the burning of the steamer Manitoulin, at Maniwaining Point, Georgian Bay, which disaster proves to have been far more serious so far as loss of life is concerned than was at first reported. It is said that between twenty and twenty-five lives were lost by the disaster. A passenger of the ill-fated craft gives the following account of the fiery tragedy:
The fire broke out about 1 o'clock P.M. Captain CAMPBELL was sitting at dinner when he heard the cry. He immediately ran out, mounted the hurricane deck, and cried out to the wheelsman:
"Hard astarboard ! Hard astarboard ! Run her for the shore !" The engineer, on hearing this order, immediately jumped into the engine-room, from which the flames were leaping with terrible fierceness, and let on every available ounce of steam. The steamer was then about two miles from the shore and the fire growing fiercer and fiercer every moment. However, in running for the shore, the steamer was headed against the wind, and as the fire was in the after part, it materially aided in keeping the flames in that quarter. When the fire broke out and the excitement was at its height, several ladies and children jumped overboard and perished. The cries of excitement and the general wail that went up were most pitiable to hear. On a boat being lowered, so many rushed into it that the front davits broke, letting all fall into the rushing waters below. It is not known whether all these were saved or not. The flames had by this time completely enveloped the after part of the steamer. The heat became intense. One after another sank fainting to the deck overcome by the heat and smoke. One young couple, but recently married, got separated in the surging crowd.
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