SS Rossland: 0054.0568

            The C.P.R. Co.’s steamer Rossland had a narrow escape from being destroyed by fire on her south trip on Wednesday last.  It was only owing to the combined efforts of Captain Albert Forsland and his crew that this fine new steamer was saved from destruction.  Leaving Arrowhead four hours late and being a fast steamer no apprehension was felt by the passengers when it was known that the boat would arrive in Robson nearly on time.  Nakusp was soon reached and no delay was made in unloading passengers and baggage for Slocan points.  About thirty minutes after leaving Nakusp and fortunately in the narrows, a lady passenger noticed smoke arising from the transom over the fore cabin.  The boat was soon beached being but a hundred yards from shore, where the passengers hastily disembarked.  No excitement was noticeable at any time throughout the fire, as the coolness of the officers of the boat had an assuring effect on the passengers.  The pumps forced a good stream and the hose combined with a bucket brigade formed by the passengers soon had the flames in check.  Dense clouds of smoke made things very disagreeable for about thirty minutes, when the captain announced all danger over.  The passengers once more embarked and the trip continued.  The fire was started in the woodwork over the boilers, and on the upper deck near the smokestack.  The passengers in appreciation of the efforts of the captain and his crew, soon subscribed a purse which was to have been presented with an address in the ladies’ cabin.  Through lack of time the address had to be dispensed with, and the purse was handed to the captain for his crew.

0054.0568: SS Rossland

Fire on board the CPR Arrow Lakes paddlewheeler SS Rossland.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 26, 1899
Publisher:  Trail Creek News
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0054)


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