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Cynthia (Steamboat), burnt, 6 Oct 1838

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The Steam Boat CYNTHIA Burnt. -- On Saturday last the Steam Boat CYNTHIA, commanded by Capt. J. H. Hodson, when two miles this side of Amherstburgh, on her way to Sandwich, was discovered to be on fire. So rapidly did the flames spread over the upper works, that it was deemed expedient to run her on shore immediately, in order to save the lives of those on board, which was accordingly done. It is not yet known how the fire originated, but it is supposed to have been owing to the very high wind at the time, communicating a few sparks on the opening of the furnace, to add more fuel. We regret to add that Sherrif Lachlan, who was on his way to this town to attend the Court of Quarter Sessions which meets this day, lost a box containing many valuable public and private papers, which in the alarm of the moment was unfortunately left on board.
      The CYNTHIA was a small boat, and had been plying daily between Windsor and Amherstburgh, since the opening of navigation, the loss of which will prove a serious inconvenience to the inhabitants of both places, especially at this season, when the autumnal rains are likely to render the river road utterly impassable. She was owned by Duncan McGregor, Esq., of Chatham, whose loss is estimated at three thousand dollars.
      Western Herald
      Tuesday, October 9, 1838

      Steamboat Burned -- The little Canadian Steamer CYNTHIA, plying between Windsor and Malden was burnt a few days since. She was owned by Duncan McGregor of Chatham. Loss about $3,000
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, October 17, 1838

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ANOTHER STEAMBOAT BURNED.- The Canadian steamboat CYNTHIA, Capt. J. M. Hudson was burned last Saturday night about two miles this side of Malden. She was owned by Duncan McGregor, Esq., of Chatham. Loss about $3,000. The CYNTHIA plied daily between Windsor and Malden. - Detroit Advertiser, 10th.
      Daily Buffalonian
      October 16, 1838

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      Steamboat CYNTHIA, which plied for the season of 1838 between Windsor and Amherstburgh, was entirely destroyed by fire. She was run ashore, vessel belonged to McGregor, of Chatham. Loss $3,000.
      British Colonist
      Thursday, October 18, 1838

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      The Steamboat CYNTHIA. - Which was burnt last autumn between this and Amherstburgh, part of whose hull and engine was saved from the devouring elements, last week made her appearance in our waters, having come from Chatham, entirely renovated, resucitated, altered, amended, improved, revised and corrected, under a cognomon already become quite common, viz: the "WESTERN." As to her powers of progression &c. We can say nothing, until we have an opportunity of judging by personal experience, which we hope will not be "long deferred," but we will say that the (little) WESTERN looks about as neat and sleek as any animal of the kind owned on this side of the river. Badinage aside - we hope the WESTERN will meet with that support and encouragement from the inhabitants of Chatham and other places akong shore, as will drive the Yankee boat or boats now plying in our waters, to seek support from their own enterprising citizens.
The WESTERN is commanded by Captain Thomas McCrae, and will run during the season in connection with the Niagara, Hamilton and London line of stages, through three timmes a week from Amherstburg, Windsor and Detroit to Queenston, the time of departure will be as follows:
Leaves Chatham, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, at 8 o'clock, A. M.; Returning, --
Leaves Amherstburgh, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 6 o'clock, A. M., touching at Windsor each way.
      Western Herald
      Thursday, June 13, 1839

Steamboat CYNTHIA McGREGOR, built Chatham, Ont. 1833. about 100 tons. Burnt October 6, 1838
      Provisional List of Canadian Merchant
      Steamships, 1809 to 1930, Supp. No. 2

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Reason: burnt
Hull damage: $3,000
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
William R. McNeil
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Cynthia (Steamboat), burnt, 6 Oct 1838