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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1872

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p.2 Marine News

Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - No arrivals or departures.

Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - Arrived: Schooners Barbineau, Port Dalhousie, 9,441 bushels of corn; Alma, Port Dalhousie, 9,850 bushels of corn; barges Powerful, Montreal, 140 tons of pig iron; Oneida, Montreal, 200 tons of do.; Henry Thomas, Montreal, 150 tons of do.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - Nothing to report.

Messrs. Holcomb and Stewart's wharf - The propellers Enterprise, Port Dalhousie, 21,000 bushels of corn; Ocean, Chicago, corn (lightened 5,000 bushels); schooners Philo Bennett, Port Rowan, 6,500 bushels of wheat; E. Hall, Port Darlington, 7,000 bushels of peas; and four barges per tug Wren, from Montreal, with 400 tons of pig iron are consigned to this firm. The barque Jessie Scarth sailed for Chicago with 350 tons of iron.

Messrs. James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The steamer Louisa, from Ottawa, arrived and departed yesterday. The propeller City of Montreal passed up, and the steamer Corsican and propeller City of London, down.

Ashore - The schooner M.L. Collins, grain laden, on her way to this port, run ashore on Snake Reef on Monday night. She was lightened 3,000 bushels and was then got off with the assistance of the tug H.M. Mixer.

The Iron Trade - Several steam barges says the Citizen passed through the Rideau Canal at Ottawa on Monday. They will be freighted with iron ore from the Baldwin mines to be transhipped at Kingston for Pennsylvania. This trade is increasing with wonderful rapidity, and is already assuming proportions of great commercial interest to this part of the Dominion.

The Lightship - This vessel, stationed at Colchester reef, during the recent thick weather, has been the means of averting several disasters to the shipping, which otherwise would have occurred at that point. A vigilant lookout is kept at all times, and the foghorn sounded whenever occasion requires. No accident of any kind has occurred in consequence thus far this season.

Port Colborne, June 11th - Down - Schooners China, Port Huron, Kingston, timber; Monticello, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Jane Ralston, Detroit, Ogdensburg, lumber; barque George Thurston, Toledo, Kingston, timber; schrs. Anna Craig, Bay City, Collinsby, timber; Elvina, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Orion, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Cape Horn, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Princess Alexandra, Wallaceburg, Clayton, staves; S.S. Hammond, Milwaukie, Cape Vincent, wheat; prop Lowell, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Senator, Chicago, Oswego, wheat; barges Manner, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; John Mark, do., do.

Up - Schooner Garibaldi, steam barge Belle P. Cross, props Lawrence, Granite State; schr. Geo. Goble, Port Colborne, Erie, light; barque Lottie Wolf, Port Colborne, Kelly's Island, light; schrs. Mediator, Oswego, Cleveland, salt; Morning Light, Oswego, Detroit, coal; barges Crocker, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; Albany, do., do.; F. Lester, do., do.; schr. Ayr, Kingston, Bay City, light; props Georgian, Montreal, Port Stanley, gen. cargo; Buckeye, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen. cargo.

Loss of the Steamer Kingston - The news of the loss of this fine steamer was received in town yesterday evening, after we had gone to press, and created quite a sensation. The Canadian mail boats have long enjoyed an immunity from such catastrophies as that which has destroyed the Kingston, and passengers have always reposed in the fullest security. We have seen a lady who was passenger by the ill-fated boat, and who states that the flames spread so rapidly from the time they were first discovered, that instantaneous flight was necessary to save the lives of the passengers. Mrs. Dr. Jones, of Montreal, who was on her way to pay a visit to the Hon. John Hamilton, in the hurry, was unable to properly adjust the life preserver around her, and was unfortunately drowned. A boy belonging to the boat is also said to be missing. The state room in which the fire broke out was over the engines. We trust that a thorough investigation will be made into the cause of the fire, and if there was carelessness on the part of any persons they ought to be punished. Captain Carmichael, the officer in charge of the boat, is highly spoken of as a very meritorious and competent officer. The loss of the Kingston will not, we presume, seriously interfere with the company's operations, as they have the two large boats which navigate the south shore to fall back upon. There were about 100 passengers on board, who lost all their baggage. They were nearly an hour in the water till they got ashore. The body of Mrs. Jones was recovered and taken to Montreal. It is said that upon the last trip of the steamer, previous to her loss, the hands all struck for an increase of wages and were discharged, and that a new set were in charge when the accident occurred; it may be owing to their inexperience that the accident happened.

p.3 Burning of the Steamer Kingston - A Lady Drowned

Brockville, June 11th - The steamer Kingston left here on her upward trip this day at 1:30 p.m. with about 100 passengers. When off Grenadier Island, eighteen miles above this town, an alarm of fire was raised, and on an investigation it proved to have originated in a state-room, about midship, directly over the engine-room. Every effort was made to subdue the flames, but the fire spread so rapidly that the vessel was headed and beached on Grenadier Island. Owing to the rapidity of the fire only one boat could be reached, which was immediately launched, with a load of ladies and children, but it swamped on touching the water, when all fortunately struggled ashore. The passengers and crew saw that their only chance for escape was to jump into the water and get ashore by the floating debris and life preservers which they all succeeded in doing, with the exception of one unfortunate lady, who jumped from the stern with a life preserver, but owing to its not being properly adjusted she was drowned.

The propeller Dominion, in passing down shortly after the accident, was hailed, and when the passengers and crew were taken aboard and brought to this place where they arrived about 8 p.m. The name of the lady drowned is said to be Mrs. Dr. Jones, of Montreal. The Kingston is a total wreck, nothing but the hull remaining. Captain Carmichael and officers did everything possible for the rescue of passengers and crew. It is reported a boy belonging to the vessel is missing. The passengers are lodged at the different hotels and leave tonight by train for their several destinations. The baggage and cargo are a total loss. Loss on the steamer about $75,000; insured for about $60,000.

Custom Imports - 10th & 11th - Schr. C.G. Mixer, Chicago, M.T. Co., 18,720 bush corn.

Schr. Gladstone, Toledo, M.T. Co., 11,448 bush corn.

Schr. M.L. Collins, Toledo, M.T. Co., 13,510 bush corn.

Schr. Armeda, Toledo, M.T. Co., 14,100 bush corn.

Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

p.4 The gunboat Prince Alfred was successfully launched at Goderich on Saturday in the harbour. She will be ready to take two battalions next week to Windsor. During the winter this boat, under Capt. Wyatt's superintendance, received much strengthening.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1872