Ian Christie

Ian Christie

Posted on 09/28/2015

Photo taken on September 28, 2015

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Old Boiler in the Lake

This was shot at Boiler Beach, outside of Kincardine Ontario, Canada at 1:14am on September 28, 2015.

The boiler is from the Tugboat "The Erie Belle"

The Erie Belle (courtesy Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Belle )

"A two-week period beginning on 11 November 1883, saw several powerful storms hit the east shore of Lake Huron. The schooner J. N. Carter was southward bound with a load of timber on November 15 when it overshot Kincardine harbour, and then blew ashore two miles south of the town as it attempted to turn and head north. The Erie Belle was sent to rescue the Carter and arrived on the morning of the 21st. Tow ropes were attached, but the Erie Belle initially was unable to move the stranded schooner. While there are no reliable accounts of what caused the boiler to explode, a common theory[3] is that the relief valve was wired shut in order to produce more steam, and as the engine over-heated and began to seize — further impeding the release of steam — the pressure reached the bursting point. Four crewmen died in the ensuing explosion, while the remaining eight were blown overboard and rescued by the crew of the Carter. The Carter was left to sit out the remainder of the winter, frozen in place, and was freed the following spring. She continued service on the Great Lakes until eventually foundering in the Mississagi Strait in the late 1890s."

Another theory I read online was, along with the modified blow-off valve, the prop would have been cavitating which would also have led to more stress on the boiler.