Seward City, BC Steamer CLARA NEVADA Fire & Sinking, Feb 1898

Steamer Burned.

The Clara Nevada Lost With All on Board.

Victoria, B.C., Feb. 14.-The steamer Islander brings news that the steamer Clara Nevada of Seattle was burned in Lynn canal and 40 men who were on board are supposed to have perished.

The Nevada left Skagnay for Juneau on February 5th and when the Islander, which arrived at Comox this morning, reached Juneau the Nevada had not arrived there. The day that she was seen on the waters of the canal and the opinion is general that the flames came from a burning steamer.

Whether the passengers and crew reached land or whether they perished is not known. It is feared that they met with death as there has been a terrible wind and snow storm in the north and small boats could hardly live.

Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, ID 15 Feb 1898

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All On Board Probably Lost.

Klondike Steamer Clara Nevada Burned at Sea.

Forty Men Aboard.

It Is Feared That None of Them Escaped.

Severe Storms North.

All Klondike Vessels Encounter Rough Weather.

Victoria, B.C., Feb. 14.-The steamer Islander brings news that the steamer Clara Nevada of Seattle, was burned in Lynn canal and the forty men who were on board are supposed to have perished.

The Nevada left Skaguay for Juneau on February 5 and when the Islander which arrived from Comox, this morning reached Juneau the Nevada had not arrived there. The date that she should have reached Juneau fire was seen on the waters of the canal and the opinion is that the flames were from a burning steamer. Whether the passengers and crew reached land, or whether they perished is not known. It is feared that they met with death, as there has been a terrible wind and snow storm in the north and small boats could hardly live. Captain Irving of the Islander reports that the weather has been terrific.

The Clara Nevada, formerly the Hosler, which was built at Camden, N.J. in 1872, for the United States coast and geodetic survey service. Last summer she condemned by the government for the reason that she was out of date and sold to the Pacific and Alaska Transportation Company who had her thoroughly overhauled before placing her on the Alaska line. She was considered perfectly seaworthy.

She was commanded by Captain C. [illegible] Lewis and her crew consists of twenty-eight men. The officers are:

Pilot, Ed Kelly; first officer, Smith; engineer, David Reed; purser, Woster Beck; steward, O’Donnell and a clerk, George Rogers.

The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Topeka, KS 15 Feb 1898

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Loss Of The Clara Nevada.

Details Brought to Victoria, B.C., by the Islander.

The steamer Islander has arrived at Victoria, B.C., bringing further details of the reported loss of the steamer Clara Nevada. The news was conveyed to Juneau a little before the Islander sailed by Capt. Latham of the steamer Coleman. He says the Clara Nevada foundered with all on board, opposite Seward city in Berners bay, where she was running for shelter. George Beck, a resident of Seward city, was an eye witness to the disaster. He was standing on the beach, when he saw a small steamer battling with the wind. Suddenly there was a flash and the steamer burst into flames, foundering in a few seconds. She had on board 25 passengers and crew. Fifteen passengers who went north in the Clara Nevada returned on the Islander. They say her boilers gave much trouble on the northward voyage and once the steamer took fire. It was put out before serious damage was done. They say the steamer was undoubtedly wrecked by the boilers bursting. The Rustler of Juneau has gone to look for the survivors.

Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, MA 17 Feb 1898

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