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New York, NY Steamer NASHUA Fire, Sept 1889



A smell of smoke was noticed by longshoremen on the dock of the Providence and Stonington Steamship Line, at the foot of Warren-street, yesterday morning, and they were not surprised when the cry of fire was raised from the steamboat Nashua, which had arrived a little earlier with a big load of freight. The flames were discovered down in the engine room, and began to spread along the timbers supporting the deck. An alarm was immediately sent out, and several tugs ran up to the steamer and offered their services, in addition to the land force of engines. The fireboats Havemeyer and Zophar Mills, as well as the police boat Patrol, also came up.

The firemen chopped through the deck and soon had the fire under control. There was a good deal of freight on the decks, but men were put to work carrying it to the dock. A number of cases of goods from New-England mills were damaged by the water, however. What the loss will amount to cannot be told till these cases are opened. It will not probably exceed $7,000.

The tire is supposed to have been caused by a lighted coal having been raked out of the furnace and thrown into the coal bunkers. The hull of the vessel is not badly damaged, and the loss is covered by insurance.

The Nashua is a freight boat. She was overhauled recently and new timbers were put in. Just behind her lay the big passenger boat Massachusetts. Tugs were ready to tow her out if the fire on the Nashua had spread.

The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Sept 1889

article | by Dr. Radut