The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 20, 1838

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Steam Boat Burned - The new steam boat Washington, of Ashtabula, bound from Detroit to Buffalo, took fire about 3 o'clock on the morning of the 16th inst., when about 3 miles above Silver Creek, and was burned to the water's edge. The boat was but three miles out, but so rapidly did the flames spread, that before she could be put about, the wheel-ropes were burnt, she was thus rendered unmanageable and left to the fury of the destroying element.

The exact number of passengers on board at the time, has not, as yet, been ascertained, but it is estimated that about 40 lives were lost. The steamer North America, Capt. Edmunds, was within eight or ten miles of the city of Buffalo, but on seeing the light immediately put back, and by so doing, was the means of saving many lives. No blame can be attached to any of the officers or hands on board, as every exertion was used to run her to shore. It had become necessary to stop the engine in order to lower the small boat; that having been done, it was found impossible again to start the machinery. It is somewhat corroboratory of sailors' old superstition, that two steam boats having the name of Washington have been built on Lake Erie, both of which were lost on their trip. L. Tel.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 20, 1838