Lake Erie, OH Steamer AURORA Fire and Scuttle, Dec 1898



Sent Down in Lake Erie to Prevent Her Destruction by Fire.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Dec. 12 - While the steamer Aurora, worth $150,000, was towing the barge Aurania through a field of ice near Bar Point, Lake Erie, to-day, fire broke out on the Aurora, and she was scuttled in 20 feet of water to prevent her destruction. Her cargo of wheat is a total loss. The crew is supposed to have escaped on the ice. The Aurora was known as the finest wooden ship on the lakes. She is owned by John Corrigan of this city, and was commanded by Capt. Gain.

A snowstorm, combined with heavy ice, makes navigation very dangerous.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Dec 1898