The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1872

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p.1 the Ina was righted and taken in to Whitby harbor.

p.2 V.P.T.W.C. - 12.

-Cobourg Regatta - won by Quebec yacht Dauntless, next was new Toronto yacht Oriole, then rebuilt Gorilla of Cobourg, and last Lady Stanley, Mr. Cuthbert's new Cobourg boat; Ina is still repairing damages.


Burning of the China - Everything Lost

Yesterday there was detained here by the storm and heavy weather a full fleet of up-bound steamers. About six o'clock, comparative calm having set in, the fleet left port, the prop. China taking the lead, followed by the America, Dominion, Georgian, and Lake Ontario, and the steamers Magnet and Corsican. About eight o'clock, when the fleet was between Nine Mile Point and the Ducks, about 14 miles from Kingston, a fire was discovered in the firehold. The alarm was very quickly given, and the hose at once brought into use. But the flames had gained too strong a foothold on the light wood work above, and it was impossible to surround them. The str. Magnet and prop. America came promptly in answer to the signal for assistance, and also used their fire hoses on the flames, but their efforts were as ineffectual as the former. Their escape was the only thing to be thought of by the crew, and it was fortunate, indeed, that the other steamers were at hand, for the "falls" of the life boats had been burned, and it would have been impossible to launch them, so the lives of the crew would be at the mercy of wave or flame. The America's boats, however, came to the rescue, and at almost the last moment they were taken off, with the purser's books, which alone of all the property on board were saved. The two boats still played away at the doomed vessel, but at last their labors appeared utterly hopeless, and she was left at her early and unfortunate fate. The propeller City of London, bound down to Kingston, then came along, and the crew were transferred to her decks, arriving in Kingston about 11 p.m. The upward fleet then proceeded on their trip, leaving the lately animated scene a very desolate one.

The fire was very plainly seen from the city, and it was unmistakeable to all observers that a vesse was on fire, and other boats were attending her. The anxiety to know the name and circumstances was very strong among vessel men and at the instigation of Mr. Carruthers and other gentlemen, Capt. Allen and his harbor tug left for the scene, with several persons on board. On the way, however, the party met the City of London, heard the news and returned to port. This afternoon Capt. Patterson and some friends left in the tug to search for the remains of the China's hull in the hope that it was still afloat. Altogether the fire lasted an hour and a half.

The China was built in Kingston last winter by Messrs. W. Power & Co., at the Marine Railway and launched in May last. She was the most profitable as well as one of the finest boats on the lakes, having excelled all others as a carrier by taking 18,500 bushels through the Welland Canal. This year she was remunerating her owners - Capt. Patterson of Kingston, who sailed her, and Mr. Proctor of Hamilton - handsomely. Capt. Patterson was not on board last night having remained in Kingston to arrange for the construction of another propeller similar to the China this winter. The ill-fated boat was therefore in charge of the first mate when the fire occurred. She was laden with pig iron and a general cargo from Montreal to Hamilton, which was not insured. The propeller was valued at $35,000 and insured for $24,000 - partly in the Aetna and British America Insurance Companies. Capt. Patterson's interest was $12,000, and his loss will therefore be over $4,000. The China freights upward on this trip would have amounted to $1,000, and downward freights secured for the next trip promised $2,000 more. It will be seen, therefore, how great a loss the steamer is to her owners at this busy season, and the public deeply sympathise with them. With characteristic energy, however, they will certainly replace her before next spring. We sincerely wish them better fortune.

-The Regatta - most of the boats in Cobourg Regatta are coming to Kingston.

p.3 A High Old Wind - in gale on Lake Erie there were 10 vessels within a radius of 12 miles - 5 went ashore, sch. Rapid sunk with all hands but one, 2 were dismasted and 2 lost anchors.

-Cleveland sailors are on strike.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1872