p.2 BURNING OF STEAMER QUEEN CITY
Toronto, Jan. 23rd - Last night, about half-past nine o'clock, the steamer Queen City, lying at the Queen's Wharf, was discovered to be on fire. The captain and crew were all on board, but they speedily discovered that all their efforts to extinguish the fire would be useless, and they turned their attention to the saving of the cargo. The steamers Chief Justice and Welland were moored astern of the Queen, and were for some time in danger. They were cut loose as quick as possible, and removed from the neighborhood. The flames continued to spread, and extended to the wharf, so as to cause some alarm for the safety for the Peerless, Mayflower and some schooners which were moored on the other side, but after some delay the Queen was shoved off from her berth, and suffered to drift to the eastward, where she came in contact with the ice opposite the N.R.R. depot, where she was burned to the water's edge. The Queen City was owned by Mr. M.W. Browne, of Hamilton, and was worth about 4,000 pounds, and is said to have been fully insured. She was built at Oswego about 13 years ago, and was then, as the Lady of the Lake, one of the crack boats of these waters. The fire is supposed to have originated among the wood in the engine room.
ad - Wharfage & Storage - The Subscriber has leased those new and commodious fire-proof premises (stone, covered with iron, and situated at the foot of Princess Street, lately built by Messrs. Browne & Harty.
The superior position and extent of the Wharf and Stores, enable him to offer great facilities to the Mercantile Community in receiving and storing property.
Kingston, Jan. 1855 L.N. Putnam