Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston (Steamboat), fire, 11 Jun 1872
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      The Steamer Burned To The Water's Edge
      2 Lives Lost--Narrow Escape Of Crew & Passengers--Vessel & Cargo a Total Loss
      (Telegraphic Despatch to our Correspondent)
Brockville, June 10th. The steamer KINGSTON left here on her upward trip this day at 1:30 P.M., with about 100 passengers. When off the Grenadier Island, eighteen miles above this town, an alarm of fire was raised, and on investagation it proved that a fire had broken out in a stateroom about midships, 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 was 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 it's not being properly adjusted, she was
drowned. The propeller DOMINION, in passing down, shortly after the accident, was hailed, when the passengers and crew were taken aboard and brought to this place, where they arrived about 8:00 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 the passenger and crew. It is reported that 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. Baggage and cargo a total loss. Loss on the steamer about $75,000. Insured for about $60,000.
      The Mail, Toronto
      Wednesday, June 12, 1872

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KINGSTON, Side Wheel Steamer of 89 horse power, built of iron. 344 tons Gross. 201 tons Register. Built Montreal. Route, passenger steamer between Hamilton and Montreal.
      Statement of the Number of Steam Vessels
      Lost, broken up, or laid up as unfit for
      Service during the year ending Dec. 31, 1872

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Steamer KINGSTON, of Kingston, of 204 tons, when bound from Brockville to Toronto on June 11, 1872 at Grenadier Island, became a total loss by burning, with the loss of two lives. Amount of loss $75,000.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1872
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries.

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Steamer KINGSTON, of 432 tons, owned Montreal by the Inland Navigation Co. When
bound from Kingston to Montreal in June of 1872, burned and became a total loss in the St. Lawrence River. Loss to ship $40,000 loss to cargo $19,500. Insurance on ship $19,500 Insurance on Cargo $10,600
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873. Report of the U. S. Coast Guard

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      FOLIO I Register Number: 93
Description: Steamer
Where she belongs: Kingston
Tons: 201 Register: 344 tons Gross
When Built: 1855
Where Built: Montreal
Present Master: John Rawage Kelley
Builders Name & Date of certificate: Bentley & Dumbar, Sept. 12,1857
Description of Vessel:--
      Length: 174 feet
      Breadth: 26 feet & 2/lOths.
      Depth of Hold: 9 feet
      Masts: One
      Square or Round Stern: Round
      Carvel or Clinker Built: Clinker
      Standing or Running Bowsprit: None
      How Rigged: Sloop
      Figure-Head: a Fiddle
      flecks: One, no galleries
      Engine Room: 56 feet & 143 tons, steam powered with paddles
Subscribing Owners:-sole owner John Hamilton of kingston, sold to Canadian Inland Steam Navigation Co. dated July Ist. 1861.
NOTATION: The steamer KINGSTON's certificate has been handed up, the vessel having been destroyed by fire on June IIth. 1872.
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NOTE:-- the KINGSTON was rebuilt as BAVARIAN, then ALGERIAN and finally CORNWALL.

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Reason: fire
Lives: 2
Hull damage: 75,000
Cargo: included
Remarks: Rebuilt as BAVARIAN
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Kingston (Steamboat), fire, 11 Jun 1872