The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1872

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p.2 The Burning of the Kingston

Loss of Life - Melancholy Affair

(Special to the British Whig)

Brockville, June 11th - The steamer Kingston left here on her upward trip this day at one-thirty p.m. with about 100 passengers. When off Grenadier Island, 18 miles above this town, an alarm of fire was raised and on investigation it proved to originate in the state room about midship, 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 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 its not being properly adjusted she was drowned. The propeller Dominion in passing down shortly after the accident was hailed, and the passengers and crew were taken aboard and brought to this place, where they arrived about 8 p.m. The name of the lady drowned is said to be Mrs. Jones, of Montreal. The Kingston is a total wreck - nothing but the hull remaining. Capt. Carmichael and the officers did everything possible for the rescue of the crew and passengers. It is reported a boy belonging to the steamer is missing. The passenges are lodged at the different hotels, and leave tonight for their several destinations. The baggage and cargo is a total loss. The loss on the steamer is about $75,000; insured for about $60,000.

Off Again - S. Collins pulled off by tug Mixer after lightening.

-the lady who drowned at Kingston fire was relative of wife of Hon. John Hamilton, general manager of R.M. Line.

-V.P.T.W.C. - 11.

p.3 The Fisheries - Messrs. S. Davis & Co. are very busily engaged at their fishing grounds at the Ducks, and are having a successful season...

The Kingston - This steamer, the loss of which is so much regretted, was built at Canal Basin in Montreal in 1850 from an iron frame imported from Scotland. Her engines were built by Mr. Barclay of Montreal for the first owner, the Hon. John Hamilton. She has been a popular and, so far, fortunate boat. The Kingston was one of the finest boats of the Inland Navigation Company's line, and was the one in which the Prince of Wales and suite made the trip up the River St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario on the occasion of His Royal Highness' tour through the country. Her hull was of iron, and will not, therefore, have been damaged by the fire. She was valued at about $80,000, and was insured against fire for about $60,000. The traffic between Montreal and Hamilton will suffer nothing by the loss of the Kingston, as two other boats belonging to the Company are at present lying idle at Charlotte, and two more at Montreal, none of the four having yet been put in commision this season.

-Imports - 11.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1872