Baltimore, MD Savannah Steamship WHARF and Steamer ESSEX Fire, Jun 1906


Steamship Wharf and Ship and Cargo Burned.


Three Sailors Perish on Burning Ship, Others Rescued With Great Difficulty – City Was Threatened with Another Great Conflagration.

By Publishers' Press.
Baltimore, Md., June 13 - A fire of unknown origin burned the Savannah steamship wharf of the Merchants & Miners Transportation Co., this morning, with a number of barges laden with valuable cargoes.

Great losses were sustained aggregating two million dollars and for a time it appeared that the city was to experience another sweeping conflagration.

Three members of the crew of the steamer Essex met death on their vessel, which with the cargo, was destroyed, causing a loss of half a million. Their names are EDWARD ATKINSON, JOHN COSTELLE and MANUEL ODELLE, of Baltimore. Five others were rescued with great difficulty by the tug Mary, two of them narrowly escaped death by drowning, while the other three were scorched.

They were forced to make flying leaps to the rescuing deck from the burning Essex.

The fire occurred at 1:30 o'clock this morning.

The Evening Times Cumberland Maryland 1906-06-13

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Baltimore, MD Savannah Steamship Wharf and Steamer Essex Fire

Great Docks at Baltimore Swept Away by Fire---Loss One Million

Baltimore, June 13.---A million dollar fire early this morning wiped out the big Savannah docks of the Merchants and Miners transportation Co. totally destroyed the steamer Essex of that line, all the valuable freight with which the docks were crowded A number of scows loaded with cotton and rosin were also burned Three of the crew of steamer Essex perished.

Bismarck Daily Tribune, Bismarck, ND13 Jun 1906