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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1856

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p.2 picnic at Sydenham on Sloat's Lake.

Burning of the Northern Indiana

Additional Particulars of the Disaster - List of Persons Known To Be Lost - The steamer Plymouth Rock, Capt. Ralph, of the Michigan Central Railroad Line, arrived here this morning, and brings the only particulars to be had concerning the burning of this noble vessel. From Capt. Ralph we learn that he hailed the steamer Mississippi, bound to Detroit, a short time after she left the scene of the disaster. He noticed the flags of the Mississippi at half-mast, and suspecting that something was wrong, Capt. R. checked his vessel, and brought up as near as possible, in order to ascertain what was the trouble; could only learn that the fire originated about 11 o'clock, in the woodwork about one of the chimneys.

Capt. Ralph informs us that when he hailed the Mississippi, the guards of that steamer were fairly black with human beings; shawls, blankets and scarfs were waved, and he was fairly deafened with cries of "tell so and so I'm safe," "be sure and let my wife know all is right," etc. etc. But he could not distinguish any one. He further states that the lake was covered with pieces of timber, and sections of the wreck, sufficient to have saved twice the number of passengers aboard of the Northern Indiana.

Buffalo, July 18th - We have the following additional particulars of the burning of the Northern Indiana. The fire originated in the woodwork around one of the chimneys and spread very rapidly. The vessel burned to the water's edge in 50 minutes.

Mr. Wetmore, the mate, commanding, in the absence of Capt. T____, exercised himself his utmost to save the passengers and was the last one to leave the burning ship. He stood at his post throwing doors, stools, life-preservers, etc. to the passengers, who, with wild excitement were leaping overboard in masses. The weather was pleasant, and a dead calm prevailed, and Mr. Wetmore says, that could he have controlled the recklessness of the passengers in jumping overboard, not one of them would have been lost. During the excitement some of the firemen and deck hands launched a small boat into which several of them jumped, but it was drawn under the wheels of the steamer and they were lost.

The steamer was towed in shore by the propeller Republic, and now lies in Pigeon Bay, above Point au Pelee, in ten feet of water. Her hull is said to be uninjured. With favorable weather she can be towed into port.

With regard to the number lost, the reports are conflicting, and a correct estimate cannot be made, as the ship sheets were destroyed. Mr. Marsh, the clerk of the vessel, arrived at Cleveland this morning. He says that not less than fifty have been lost.

The propeller Republic, supposed to have saved a number of the passengers, arrived at Detroit this morning with several of the crew, but with only two of the passengers. We have no names of the persons either known or supposed to have been lost.

Another Despatch - Detroit, July 18th - The number of passengers saved from the Northern Indiana, brought by the Mississippi, is 142.

The following persons are known to be lost:

Sewall Turner and Daniel Gray of Rome, Maine.

Michael Burke and Thomas Farle, of Buffalo.

Mrs. Eliza Blanchard, of Augusta, Me.

Henry Nims and child, of Tulley, N.Y.

Augustine Fistvalle, of Buffalo.

Geo. Lawson (Dawson?), of Brockport, N.Y.

Miss Mary Layard, of England.

Mrs. Mary Ackredys, her father, mother, husband and two children, of England.

G. Smith, of Buffalo.

Eugene Cary and child, of Greenbush, Wis.

Miss Jennings, of Waverly, Ill.

Hezekiah Thomas, of Buffalo.

Nicholas Commerford, of Rochester.

A lady and a child of Louisville.

Three coal heavers, a deckhand, and a child.

It is feared that more than these have been lost.

The captain of the Republic thinks none were saved except those on board his own vessel and the Mississippi.

Our citizens held a meeting last night and raised $800 for the sufferers, and several more hundreds were raised for them today. Every attention is paid to them. Free Railroad and Steamboat passes are furnished them, and the hotels and telegraph are also free to them.

The St. Lawrence & Lake Trade - [Quebec Gazette]

p.3 Sailing Yacht Jessie - to be sold.

Sale Postponed - of wreck of steamer Tinto until further notice.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1856