A passenger first noticed smoke coming from a small linen closet around 2:30 a.m. Fire spread with the speed of a struck match. Identification difficult: The crew was criticized for not calling the fire department and for not waking passengers. Many of the responding officers were World War II Veterans, including Anderson who had been a Paratrooper. If you would like to participate, you can edit the article attached to this page, or visit the project page , where you can join the project and/or contribute to the discussion . Many passengers of the S.S. Noronic ended the evening of September 16, 1949 by enjoying an on-board dance or a night on the town while the Great Lakes cruise ship was docked in Toronto Harbor.Elderly passengers and those with children went to bed early, anxiously looking forward to a week-long cruise along the Thousand Islands in the … Newspapers kept a list of the Noronic's "Survivors & Injured", "Known Dead" and "Unable to Locate". Within minutes, the hull grew white hot and the decks began buckling. Months later, the wallet minus the money it had contained, was found on a suspect arrested by Detective Jim Mackie, who also became Chief of Toronto Police. Many more were in the water. The intensity of the heat was such that human bone was incinerated.". Aboard were 170 crewmen and 512 passengers. Come morning, Anderson retrieved his uniform and found his wallet had been stolen. Some were believed by their families to have gone hunting or fishing. Actions of the crew: On-board fire hoses were not in working order. Of the 524 passengers on board, 119 died. Sept. 17th while it was docked at the old Pier 9 in Toronto harbour. Cause of the fire: The exact cause of the fire was never determined, although many believe it was started by a carelessly discarded cigarette. Sixty-nine of the 697 passengers and 171 crew members aboard the Noronic at the time of the fire were known to be dead, and 53 were missing. All of the victims were Americans. After To this day, the fire on board the S.S. Noronic, which claimed 119 lives, remains on the books as Toronto’s disaster with the greatest loss of life. Beginning of the end: The company had to pay all costs associated with the case and close to three million dollars to the victims families. Far too many were on the ship, burning on the decks. Later, fireboats arrived to assist. The sinking of The Noronic marked the beginning of the end of luxury passenger travel on the Great Lakes. More than a month after the tragedy, the Noronic was The Toronto Fire Department arrived within minutes, but the heat was so intense that the water from the fire hoses vaporized The Steamship Noronic was the flagship of the Canada Steamship Lines and the largest passenger cruise ship on the Great Lakes. The Noronic fire had started at around 2:30 am. The Captain, William Taylor, did participate in rescue efforts but had his license suspended for a year, following the Royal Commission’s investigation and never captained a vessel again. Some were cremated with just a skull or backbone remaining. SS Noronic is part of WikiProject Fire Service, which collaborates on fire service-related subjects on Wikipedia. Are you listening. The official passenger list had gone up in flames. Fortunately a duplicate was located. Note to readers, Ronald Anderson is my beloved Step-father. Anderson’s wallet stolen: The unusually large list had boarded the ship for her last cruise of the year. Firefighters had to retreat until the ship righted itself. The ship’s design and construction were faulted, particularly the use of oiled wood, and many coats of paint. Medical examiners came in from other parts of Canada and from the US to help with the difficult task of identification. This text is from the free Toronto in Time app, which was created by The Canadian Encyclopedia. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, ノロニック (ja); SS Noronic (fr); SS Noronic (pl); SS Noronic (nl); Noronic (de-ch); Noronic (de); SS Noronic (fi); SS Noronic (en); اس‌اس نرنیک (fa); SS Noronic (en-ca); SS Noronic (en-gb) Schiff (de); passenger ship (en), Passenger vessel Noronic entering Toronto harbour in 1931.png, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:Noronic_(ship,_1913)&oldid=321111416, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Western Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company. Marsh, J., Toronto Feature: Noronic (2015). The tragedy spelled the end of an era, as strict regulations hastened the end of the old Great Lakes passenger ships--it would be prohibitively expensive to retrofit the old cruise vessels. Marsh, James H.. "Toronto Feature: Noronic". Firefighter Tom Benson recalled, "We got aboard at daylight and there were bodies everywhere. They sprang into action: Because so many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, identification was difficult. Anderson stripped off his uniform and jumped into the frigid, oily water, dragging the injured back to a painter’s raft in the water and to the dock.

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