The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1863

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p.2 Destruction of the Zimmerman - The Toronto papers furnish the following particulars of the destruction by fire of the steamer Zimmerman, at Niagara, on Friday morning:

The fire broke out about two o'clock in the morning. It is supposed to have started in the fire-hole when the crew were roused by the alarm of the watchman. The fire was bursting up from below, and the whole boat was so filled with smoke that the men could hardly get to the pumps before she was all in flames. The men scrambled to the wharf as best they could, several of whom were scorched in so doing. They had not time to save anything. The Purser succeeded in getting a few papers out of his office. The watchman, Patrick Lawless, who was burnt, was seen at the pumps with the other men, but being an old man, it is supposed he got bewildered by the smoke and flames and could not find his way out. Duncan Sinclair, the second mate, it is thought went down into the forecastle to get some things, and he perished there. His body has not been found; that of the watchman was found with his legs and arms burnt to a crisp. It is surmised that the unfortunate watchman was asleep, also that he could have given the alarm sooner. The firemen and engineers turned out promptly and played on the boat, but with no effect. They let the boat loose, however, and slipped her down the current to a place below the wharf, where she now lies. Her hull is of no use; she is a total loss. The engineer says the engine and boilers will be of no use; they have parted from the boat and sunk.

p.3 Imports - 22,24.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1863