The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
China (Propeller), fire, 13 Oct 1872

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Burning Of The Propeller CHINA - By a private telegram received in town to-day (Monday), we learn that the propeller CHINA, of the Merchants' Line, was destroyed by fire about 12 miles from Kingston yesterday morning. The propeller AMERICA, Captain James McMaugh, went to her assistance, and succeeded in saving the passengers and crew. The CHINA was built in Hamilton and launched last spring and was, we believe, a first-rate boat. She was owned in Hamilton.
      St. Catharines Evening Journal
      October 14, 1872

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The Canadian prop. CHINA bound up, with a cargo of merchandise, was burned Sunday night about 8:00, 15 miles from Kingston.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 15, 1872 3-5

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      The Propeller `CHINA' Destroyed Near Kingston
      The Crew Rescued
      Kingston, Oct. 14 - The propeller CHINA, Capt. Patterson, which left here for the west at 7 o'clock last evening, took fire opposite Nine Mile Point and was burnt to the water's edge in about three quarters of an hour. She had 300 tons of pig iron on board.
The crew were taken off by the propeller CITY OF LONDON and brought here. The CHINA was built by Messrs. W. Power & Co. of this place, and so far has proved a great success. She is said to be insured for $24,000, but this amount will not cover the loss.
The propeller CHINA which was burned last night, is supposed to have sunk near Snake Light in shallow water. The fire commenced at the back of the boiler, and though every precaution seems to have been taken in the building of the vessel to make her secure against fire, yet it would appear that there is something radically wrong in the construction of these vessels, judging from the number of similar accidents which have occurred lately. The CHINA was insured for $24,000, but the loss will be $34,000 besides the prospects of a highly renumerative fall business.
      The Toronto Mail
      Tuesday, October 15, 1872

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The Loss Of The CHINA - It is said that the persons on board this propeller - whose burning we announced Monday, - were so narrowly pursued by the fire when the AMERICA came to their rescue that only a small portion of the vessel was tenable, and had the help been a few minutes later, they would have had to take to the water, as all the boats but the lifeboat were burned, and the latter was on the top of the cabin and could not be got at. Soon after the AMERICA had arrived upon the scene four other steamers hove in sight. The loss is $34,000; insured for $24,000.
      St. Catharines Evening Journal
      October 15, 1872

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    Latitude: 44.151388 Longitude: -76.555277
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China (Propeller), fire, 13 Oct 1872