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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1856

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p.2 Storm On the Lakes - Great Loss of Property - Buffalo, Sept. 24th -

-fall of bridge at Oswego when struck by sch. Herald of Cleveland. [Oswego Times]

Steamer Niagara Burned - Great Loss of Life

Detroit, Sept. 25th - From the Milwaukie Sentinel extra of Sept. 25th we learn the following:

We are pained to be obliged to record another dreadful lake disaster, in the loss by fire of the steamer Niagara of the Collingwood line, last night, off Port Washington, about 20 miles north of this city.

We are indebted to William Snow, of the firm of Snow & Williams, of this city, for the following particulars:

The Niagara, Capt. F.S. Miller, took fire on her passage from Collingwood to this port, when about four miles off Port Washington, and in a very short space of time was entirely consumed, and sunk.

The light was plainly seen from here at seven o'clock last night.

The steamer Traveller, Capt. Sweeney, bound here, fortunately came to the assistance of the burning boat, and the Captain, officers and men gallantly exerted themselves to save lives, and with success.

The following is a list of those saved by the Traveller; many others, it is said, were picked up by the boats and vessels which came in sight:

Harvey Ainsworth, Royalton, Vermont; J.B. Curtis, Steuben Co., N.Y.; Henry Locke, Washington, Vt.; William Hoag, Buffalo, N.Y.; John Hill, Collingwood; H. Chambers and lady, Hamilton; O.S. Lock and H. Lock, Waterbury, Vt.; Lewis Hart, Utica, N.Y.; J.P. Kennedy and Julia Kennedy, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.; C.D. Westbrook, Green Bay, Wisconsin; Dr. S.H. Allen, Concord, N.H.; James Robinson, Knox Co., Illinois.

Hugh Kennedy lost his wife and daughter.

There are three dead bodies at Port Washington - all ladies. One lady had a ring marked Z.D.G.

The Niagara had a very large load of freight, all a total loss, not a pound of anything saved.

Crew saved: - Capt. F.S. Miller; third mate; McKinnon, waiter; W.S. Thorburn, fireman; A. Snyder; J. Gordon; Robert Gillespie; A. Curry; A.D. Dill, waiter; Daniel Osborne.

The propeller Illinois took up a large number.

There were several sailing vessels which did good service.

It is reported that John B. Marcy was on board; also J.R. Goderich of this city.

The water was so cold that no one could live in it.

It is reported here that one hundred lives were lost.

The Niagara belonged to Gen. Reid of Erie. She was about ten years old, and formerly ran between this city and Dunkirk.

Imports - 26,27; Exports - 26.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1856