The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1864

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p.2 The propeller Kenosha was burned at Sarnia while lying alongside the elevator on Wednesday evening.

The Ocean Steam Yacht Octavia - A very handsome brigantine-rigged vessel came to anchor during last night opposite Murney Tower, and remained there during the greater part of the day. It turned out to be the yacht Octavia, built at Buffalo, N.Y., for Mr. Kennard, one of the contractors for building the Atlantic and Great Western Railway, on her way to New York to receive her engines and other appliances necessary to convert her into a yacht of great power, for which purpose she was built. The Octavia is four hundred and fifteen tons burthen, and will cost when completed from $100,000 to $130,000 in gold. As she at present stands, she is insured for $30,000. Mr. J.M. Miller, to whose care she was intrusted while here, sends the Octavia on her way to New York this afternoon. She is intended for the ocean.

Burning of the Alexandria - The American Express steamer Alexandria, Capt. Bockus, with all her books and papers, together with her cargo of apples and passengers baggage, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening about 5 o'clock, in the Beauharnois canal. Fortunately no lives were lost.

The following statement is furnished by a passenger by the Banshee to the Montreal Witness:

Last night, about six o'clock, as the Banshee entered the first lock of the Beauharnois canal, the Alexandria, American steamer, from Ogdensburgh, was seen in flames in the lock. The progress of the fire was very rapid, and the Banshee was of course very near in passing, but could pass on the windward side. The Alexandria had nineteen or twenty passengers, all of whom, with the crew, were saved, though some of them with great difficulty. Some of the ladies and children had to be lowered by ropes from the upper deck into the water, from which they were rescued by five men on the bank. Nearly all the effects of passengers on the Alexandria were lost. The fire was supposed to have originated in an explosion of coal oil while lighting the lamps. The greatest kindness was shown by all on board the Banshee toward the rescued passengers, one of which, a baby, fell, had fallen out of the nurse's arms into the water, and with her mother appeared very far gone, but recovered.

We learn from another source that the Alexandria was insured in the Provincial Insurance Company for $8,000, which is said to be not more than one-third of her value.

p.3 Imports - 28th - Str Bay State, Rochester, Fraser & George, 14 bxs scales; J G R, 54 bbls apples; J Bush, 2 bxs trees; S Stacy, 44 bxs grapes; G C Huffman, 5 bbls, 1 bx g ware; J Nicoll, 4 cases oysters.

Str Watertown, Cape Vincent, E Jones, 405 bxs cheese.

Str Osprey, Montreal, S Muckleston, 65 bdls iron, 114 bdls sheets, 24 plates iron, 25 bxs c plates, 8 kgs nails, 77 sheets iron.

Str Watertown, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

Str Magnet, Montreal, W Martin, 10 bbls sugar, 10 bbls syrup, 200 bags salt.

Prop Huron, Hamilton, General cargo.

Str Champion, do, do.

27th - Str Perseverance, St. Catherines, gen cargo.

Str Banshee, Montreal, do.

Str Bay of Quinte, Belleville, do.

Str Osprey, Montreal, do.

28th - Str Kingston, Hamilton, Pass and cargo.

Str Brockville, Montreal.

Str Bytown, Ottawa, gen cargo.

Clearances - 26th - Prop Her Majesty, Toronto.

Str Passport, Hamilton, Pass and baggage.

Str Huron, Montreal, General cargo.

Str Champion, do, do.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1864