The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1853

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p.2 Incendiarism - Between 12 and 1 o'clock yesterday morning, an alarm of fire was given, and was found to be occasioned by flames bursting out of a schooner yacht in course of contruction by Mr. Pigeon, near the Ontario Foundry. This yacht was of 15 tons, and building for Mr. Grimshaw of Cobourg. She was nearly ready for launching at the time of the fire, but is now a total wreck. The fire was unquestionably the work of an incendiary, as the bank was isolated, and no fire used in or about her. A similar attempt was made a little more than a week ago, but fortunately then frustrated by its early discovery by one of the workmen, who found the fire to proceed from a box packed with oakum, placed in the bottom of the boat, and surrounded by chips. The second attempt of the incendiary was successful. The vessel as she lay on the stocks was insured for 300 pounds, which will, perhaps, cover the loss to the builder. The police will doubtless make every effort to discover the incendiary.

The Queen of the West - The Hamilton Journal & Express states that "The boat originally cost, we understand, 13,500 pounds. The insurance effected is 7,000 pounds - namely, Ontario 3,000 pounds; St. Lawrence, 2,000 pounds; Provincial Mutual, 2,000 pounds. There are a number of shareholders, but Captain Harrison owned 2,000 pounds."

Dredge Burned - The smaller of the steam dredges employed by Mr. Milner on the Wolfe Island Canal was, on Tuesday, totally destroyed by fire. It is not known how the fire originated, as the men were absent from the dredge on the day of its breaking out. The dredge was valued at 750 pounds, and insured for 500 pounds.

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