The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 18, 1868

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p.2 Steamer Empress Burned - Loss $15,000 - while lying in slip at Mr. Gildersleeve's wharf; cordwood also burned;

(part) - The Empress was formerly the New Era, and was sold to Mr. Owen Lynch, of Beauharnois, for $15,000 in April 1865. A brother of the owner has been in charge of the vessel during the winter, and the owner himself was here a few days ago making arrangements to prepare her for the opening of navigation. There is said to be an insurance of $15,000 on the vessel, probably in Montreal, as there does not appear to have been any insurance effected on her in this city. The wind was fortunately low; had this not been the case the damage to surrounding property must have been very great. One of Mr. Chaffey's tugs was in great danger at one time, but by dint of watching and a good water supply it escaped. The origin of the fire is unknown.

p.3 Steamboat Inspection - The Board of Steamboat Inspectors will hold sittings for the examination of applicants, and renewal of certificates to qualified engineers, as follows, viz.

Kingston on 25-27th, Ottawa on 30th and 31st. Samuel Risley, Chairman.

William McAuslan, Gov't Inspector of Steamboats March 18th

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 18, 1868