The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Globe (Toronto, ON), Thurs. June 5, 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)

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William R. McNeil
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Globe (Toronto, ON), Thurs. June 5, 1855