Providence, RI Steamer New Shoreham Fire, May 1918

Steamer New Shoreham Burned.

The steamer New Shoreham, owned by the town of New Shoreham and leased by the Providence, Fall River & Newport Steamboat Company, was burned at her dock in Providence harbor shortly before daylight Thursday morning, two members of the crew losing their lives, and others escaping with difficulty.

The fire was discovered by the night watchman, who was on shore, but the flames made such headway that the whole upper part was on fire before he could give the alarm. Two deckhands were unable to make their escape, while others of of the crew were badly burned. The steamer was burned practically to the water's edge, but the hull ought to be in condition to warrant rebuilding.

The New Shoreham was built by the town in 1901, and has since made the run between Providence and Block Island, stopping at Newport. She was an excellent vessel, designed by the late George Pierce of this city, but was a big item of expense to the town, and was long a bone of contention in town politics. A short time ago the Providence, Fall River & Newport Steamboat Company leased the vessel and have since operated her. A steamer will be provided by this Company to cover the Block Island route until the Mount Hope is ready to go on the line.

Newport Mercury, Newport, RI 4 May 1918