The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 28, 1848

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p.2 Free Navigation of the St. Lawrence - editorial.

Steamer Destroyed by Fire - We regret to learn that the splendid new steamer Speed, owned by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, and plying on the Ottawa, was destroyed by fire on Friday last. The fire is said to have originated about the boilers. The Argus says -

"The fire commenced about the Boilers, while the Boat was running against a strong head wind, which carried the flames and smoke aft so that the hose attached to the Engine could not be brought to play; otherwise a plentiful supply of water could have been had, and the Boat perhaps saved. Buckets were used freely, and all that men could do was done by Capt. Lighthall and his crew; but their exertions were of no avail. One of the Boilers, heated by the burning mass, blew up, heaving the steam drum and smoke funnel ashore. The boat was run aground in soft clay, about 24 miles below Bytown, where she now lies, careened over on her larboard beam, with her walking beam still standing, shafts in place, and indeed the Engine seems to be uninjured. Her owners will commence immediately the building of a new hull. The Speed's value was from 10 to £12,000 - quite new, having come out last month. She was the fastest boat in Upper Canada."

The American revenue steamers Jefferson and Dallas are now lying opposite the Navy Yard. The former left this port some days since for the head of the lake, and on Sunday returned with the Dallas in tow. They will proceed downwards in a day or two - perhaps today.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 28, 1848