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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1853

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On Friday morning, about half-past two o'clock, the citizens of Toronto were alarmed by the ringing of the fire bell and the dash of engines. A fire had broken out on board the well known steamer Admiral, which has been so long running between that port and Rochester. She had reached Browne's wharf about twelve o'clock, and about two the flames broke out. It is supposed that some cinders, not entirely extinguished, had been carelessly left in an exposed part of the furnace room, from which fire was communicated to the wood-work. The hands were all asleep, and the alarm was given by a female passenger. Breaking out below, the seat of the fire was difficult to reach, and it rapidly extended over the vessel. At this time, the wharf was supposed to be in danger, and the vessel was cast off, and moved outwards. This destroyed all possibility of extinguishing the flames to save the engine, and only a small portion of the woodwork at the stern and the lower part of the hull, was saved. The chimneys and the working-beam still stand, but in a mutilated condition. The firemen worked very vigorously, or she would have burnt to the water's edge. There were a number of emigrants on board from the States, and we regret to learn that they lost a great deal of baggage. None of the equipage of the vessel was saved, and she will be almost a total loss. There was fortunately very little freight on board. The Admiral was owned by the Toronto Steamboat Company, and was insured for 5000 pounds in the Montreal, Provincial, and St. Lawrence Companies. She was first brought out in the season of 1842. This is the second steamer destroyed by fire on Lake Ontario, this season. The last has not been accompanied with such fearful attendant circumstances as the first; but both should act as a warning to persons engaged on steamers. [Toronto Globe]

Suicide - man leaps from Lord Elgin, Capt. Farlinger, near Gananoque.

D. Taylor, Esq. R.N. - in charge of H.M. Dock Yard at Kingston, being transferred, presentation from inhabitants of Township of Pittsburgh, and his reply.

From Cape Vincent to Hamilton - The steamer Mayflower, Capt. Patterson, will leave the Railway Depot Wharf, at Cape Vincent, This Evening, at 7 o'clock, for Toronto and Hamilton, and the intermediate ports.

New Arrangement - The steamer Lady of the Lake will leave the United States Wharf this afternoon at five o'clock, taking passengers for steamer Mayflower, to depart from Cape Vincent for Toronto, Hamilton, and intermediate ports, this evening at 7 o'clock. No extra charge for crossing to Cape by Lady of the Lake.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1853