Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Porcupine (Steamboat), fire, 20 May 1855
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PORCUPINE Steamer (C), burned near Prescott. Property loss $6,000
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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Watertown, May 21. -- the Canadian steamer PORCUPINE was burned yesterday afternoon, near Prescott.
      Buffalo daily Republic
      Tuesday, May 22, 1855

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BURNING OF THE STEAMER "PORCUPINE" We regret to state that on Sunday evening last, about half past seven o'clock, whilst the Tug steamer PORCUPINE, with an empty barge in tow, was coming down to this point, and when nearly opposite the residence of Rev. Mr. Blakey, a fire broke out on board, near her smokestack, which was so sudden and rapid, as to become at once uncontrolable. She was immediately run ashore on the sand beach, near Mr. Blakey's wharf, where she burnt to the waters edge.
The hands, fifteen in number, all got safely off. The engine, it is expected, will not be much injured. The PORCUPINE was an excellent tug, worth about $4,000 and belonging to Mr. Henderson and Halcomb, Montreal. She had a quantity of fire wood on board, but no other loading. The fire was plainly seen from the Town, many persons hurried up to the spot, and Captain Plimp with the GLEAMER immediately proceeded to the scene of the disaster. The propeller MICHIGAN also went up, and the American Mail Steamer NIAGARA also went up, she was a mile or two beyond, but returned to render any assistance which might be necessary. We learn that the PORCUPINE was insured. - (Prescott Telegraph, undated)
      Toronto Globe
      Thurs. June 5, 1855

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PORCUPINE Steamer, Built 1841. Burnt Prescott May 20, 1855
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal 1809 to 1930

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.71681 Longitude: -75.51604
William R. McNeil
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Porcupine (Steamboat), fire, 20 May 1855