The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1844

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p.2 On Monday morning last, about half past 12, an alarm of fire was given on board the steamer Porcupine, then lying at the wharf in this town. The smoke was so dense, that the hands who slept in the deck rooms could scarcely get out of their berths. One man named Bishop, was suffocated in the forecastle; he had been awakened by his comrade, and, it is supposed, that he missed the way out. The fire was discovered in the firewood stowed in the hold, and holes were cut through the deck, by which means it was got at and extinguished without much damage to the boat. It is wholly unaccountable how the fire originated, it being in a back pile of wood which had not been touched for some days. No fire was on board the boat on Sunday evening; the furnaces were swept out clean, and the Engineer, before going to bed, at half past ten, had been below and found all right. Blame is attached to the watch on deck for not giving the alarm in time. [Bytown Gazette]

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1844