SS Noronic Whistle
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SS Noronic


Ship whistle


Sets nearby liquids on fire.


Potential for igniting bodily fluids.



Collected by

Lamont Sweetwood







Date of Collection

April 19, 1978


Origin[edit | edit source]

SS Noronic was a passenger ship that was destroyed by fire in Toronto Harbour in September 1949 with the loss of at least 118 lives.

On September 14th, 1949 At 2:30 a.m., passenger Don Church noticed smoke in the aft part of the starboard corridor on C-deck. Church followed the smell of smoke to a small room off the port corridor, just forward of a women’s washroom. Finding that the smoke was coming from a locked linen closet, Church notified bellboy Earnest O’Neil of the fire. Without sounding the alarm, O’Neil ran to the steward’s office on D-deck to retrieve the keys to the closet. Once the closet was opened, the fire exploded into the hallway; it spread quickly, fueled by the lemon-oil-polished wood paneling on the walls. The alarm was sounded 8 minutes after the fire was noticed.

After about 20 minutes, the metal hull was white hot, and the decks began to buckle and collapse onto each other. The fire was extinguished by 5:00 a.m., and the wreckage was allowed to cool for two hours before the recovery of bodies began. Searchers found a gruesome scene inside the burned-out hull. Firefighters reported finding charred, embracing skeletons in the corridors. Some deceased passengers were found still in their beds. Many skeletons were almost completely incinerated. Glass had melted from every window, and even steel fittings had warped and twisted from the heat.

Until its collection by Agent Lamont, this whistle was kept in the Toronto Maritime Museum.

Effects[edit | edit source]

When the whistle sounds, all nearby liquids (even substances not typically found in liquid form such as melted metals) will be set ablaze. Other than their creation these fires are otherwise typical, and can and should be extinguished with appropriate methods.

In the instance that a living organism is in the audible vicinity, they have a chance of having any or all body liquids ignited instantly.

Storage[edit | edit source]

This artifact is to be kept in a sound-proof box with Neutralizer-infused padding to prevent disasters to the nearby area or agents alike.

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