The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1856

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p.2 The Tinto - There is to be a legal investigation, as there ought to be, into the circumstances connected with the melancholy loss of the steamer Tinto. We have heard that the pilot has stated, that when the fire occurred, there was only one small boat on board, which may be the case, but Captain Charles Armstrong, agent for the New York board of underwriters here, assures us that when he inspected her, previous to her leaving port, there were three new boats on board, built at the Island of Orleans - one more than the law required. It seems curious that the master of the Tinto should have put away two of his boats after the steamer had left Quebec.

The above is from the Quebec Gazette of Thursday, 26th, and we beg to remark, that the purser of the ill-fated Tinto informed us distinctly that Capt. Chambers had sold two of the boats, on his former trip, at Toronto, the one being 24 (21?) feet long (too large for his davits), and the other eighteen feet long. The latter, it was stated, was not in very good condition. After he sold them, he telegraphed immediately to the owners at Quebec to order a new boat forthwith, and have it ready by the time he returned there; and when he did so, the boat was not quite finished, and so he left, on his last trip, without it. These circumstances we should have mentioned in the hurried account we gave of the calamity but they were inadvertently omitted.

The St. Catherines Post says that the late Chief Engineer of the Tinto, Mr. Alexander Henderson, "was a native of Roxburghshire, Scotland, and brother to Andrew Henderson, Merchant, of this town, who is now employed in the melancholy duty of endeavoring to recover the body. Deceased leaves a wife and four children to deplore his loss, but we believe they are left in comparatively comfortable circumstances, as Mr. H. owned a valuable farm in Sorel, C.E., and other property in Montreal besides being a partner in the ownership of the unfortunate vessel. The new Perry Engine, ordered for the "Young Canada Company," was also on board, and our spirited juveniles will thus be deprived for a longer time of the use of an effective Engine, which they so richly deserve."

Life Saved - Wm. McMillan, one of the crew of the steamboat Tinto, burnt near Kingston, who was reported amongst the killed, has been picked up near the scene of the disaster, by the schooner Independence. The vessel came into port yesterday morning. He managed to get clear of the burning wreck, and by clinging to a piece of the furniture drifted from the vessel, and kept afloat until found by the schooner. [Colonist 25th]

p.3 Imports - 25,26; Exports 26.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1856