The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1841


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LOSS OF A STEAMBOAT BY FIRE!

211 PERSONS DROWNED OR BURNED TO DEATH!!

On Monday evening last, about five o'clock, the large and splendid steamboat Erie, left Buffao for Detroit, having on board 240 passengers among whom were a number of Swiss emigrants with their families, and some painters, carrying with them materials for painting a steamboat at Cleveland. A jar of spirits of turpentine, it appears, was left near the engine house, on deck, which becoming heated, burst, and the inflammable matter descended into the fire room, and caused an instantaneous conflagration. So rapid was the progress of the fire, that it was impossible to get into the engine room to stop the engines, or approach the cabin, in which there were a number of life preservers. In this dreadful state, the affrighted passengers threw themselves overboard and were either drowned or dashed to pieces by the paddle wheels; indeed so many human beings were in the water about the gangways as almost to stop the boat; until their lifeless bodies were hurled away by the whirling of the paddles. The fire was distinctly seen from Buffalo, and the Dewitt Clinton was immediately dispatched to the assistance of the unfortunate boat. About 27 persons only were saved who were found hanging on the wreck, the boat having burnt down to the water's edge. Among the passengers saved was the captain. The boat was towed within four miles of the shore and sunk. The above are all the particulars we have been able to learn, not having received any papers from Buffalo. The details must be frightful. [Hamilton Express]

NOTICE

TO SHIP BUILDERS.

The Kingston Marine Railway Company propose to LET that part of their Establishment, comprising the Ship Yard with Two Railways erected thereon, one of which is suitable for hauling out Steamboats, and sailing vessels of the largest class that now navigate the lake. The other for small schooners and barges. The work is now in perfect repair, and in full operation. Also, the ship yard and railway at Hatter's Bay.

Apply at the office of the Kingston Marine Railway Co, if by letter post paid.

Kingston, 16th August, 1841.


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Date of Original:
Aug. 17, 1841
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KN.3483
Language of Item:
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Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1841