The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1856

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On Thursday evening, 17th instant, the propeller Tinto, from Montreal, bound to Lake Erie, passed Kingston harbor about half-past eight o'clock, and when about three miles above Nine Mile Point, to the horror of all on board, fire was discovered in the firehold, where a quantity of wood was in a blaze, and the flames with great fury and rapidity spread to the upper cabins in proximity to the hold, rendering their extinguishment utterly hopeless, and causing the utmost consternation among the crew and passengers. The only small-boat attached to the vessel was immediately manned, and four women, three children, some of the crew and passengers embarked; the boat was then lowered from the davits, and, owing to the rapid motion of the vessel, on striking the water immediately capsized, and all the unfortunate inmates were engulfed in the lake, to the number of seventeen, none of whom have, up to this time, been heard of, and are doubtless all drowned. The following are their names: -

Patrick Campbell, Master.

Alex. Henderson, Engineer.

R. Lemmon and G. Marchand, wheelsmen.

Louis _____, fireman.

Patrick Farmer, Thomas Baylis and William McMillan, deck-hands.

R. Kincaid, Steward.

Female Cook, name unknown, shipped at Montreal.

A female friend of the Steward, named Sarah ____, supposed to have been betrothed to him.

Mrs. Benton, her nurse and three children.

A French Canadian passenger, named Jaques LeBois, and Nicholas Butler, lamp- boy.

Among the few saved were Mr. Benton, late of the Montreal and Champlain Railway, husband to Mrs. Benton, and father to one of the children (the two others being under his care); Mr. W.D. Handyside, purser, to whom we are indebted for these melancholy particulars, he having saved himself by clinging to the rudder, with two other men, for about an hour or more, and was taken up by a fisherman from the point. The mate, several hands, and others who abstained from entering the small-boat, were saved by throwing themselves into the water, with planks and such other buoyant articles as presented themselves at the trying moment. While those mentioned were clinging to the rudder, a keg of powder, which the purser had, in Montreal, carefully stowed in the forward part of the fore hold, exploded with a loud concussion, throwing quantities of burning wood piled on the deck high into the air, and scattering it over the surface of the water.

The schooner Mary Adelaide, Capt. Davis, and the schooner Flying Cloud, Capt. _____, at the time beating about the offing, hastened, with praiseworthy celerity, against a head wind, to the burning vessel, and succeeded in rescuing those floating about in the water, who, we are instructed to say, are inexpressibly grateful for their kind and humane treatment while on board their respective vessels. The two schooners continued to beat about the track of the vessel until near daylight, but with no particular result.

The steamer City of the Bay, Capt. Nosworthy, and the steamer Wellington, it is said, went to the scene of the disaster, but too late to render service the schooners named having preceded them.

The wind, as before stated, blew moderately down the lake, and the burning propeller slowly floated down the channel with her stern to the wind, and was watched by a number of people on the shore throughout the night, until her reduced hulk struck the ground at the point of Cedar Island about four o'clock, Friday morning.

Mr. Handyside is of opinion that if the unfortunate persons had not been so precipitate, and had shown more coolness under the circumstances, there was ample time to have taken great precautions, and they all might have been saved.

Mr. Benton is a great sufferer, having, besides losing his wife and child, lost all his apparel, furniture and money, and is at this moment utterly penniless. Others are in a similarly helpless condition.

Names of The Persons Saved

W.D. Handyside, Purser.

Frank Langley, 2nd Engineer.

Moses Le Fevre, fireman.

John Gremore, do.

D. Perrault, do.

Timothy Ward, deck hand.

Rob't Perry, do.

Alex. Campbell, wheelsman.

Rob't Delaney, Mate.

J. Benton, passenger.

Napolean Charbonault.

Louis Brosseau.

____, Carpenter, name unknown, from Quebec.

Steamer Northern Indiana Burnt - 30 or 40 Lives Lost - off Pointe aux Pelee Island, Lake Erie.

p.3 ads for steamers Trenton, Corra Linn, St. Helen, Banshee, Lady Elgin, and boat builder O'Gorman.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1856