Daily News (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1879
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p.2 Customs Imports
p.3 Short Notes - prop. Lake Ontario replaces Persia.
Marine Notes - prop. City of St. Catharines raised and towed to Montreal by steamer Chieftain.
Collision - steamer Corinthian collided with the schr. E.H. Benedict, off Long Point.
The Kitty Friel - The crew of the Kitty Friel, the steamer which was burned on Monday last, arrived here last evening by the Olive. They give a shocking account of the burning of the Kitty. It appears that on Monday, at 2:15 p.m., she caught fire in the hold, and being loaded with dry lumber, she burned very fast. From the time the fire started, she steamed four miles, the engineer not being able to get to the engine to stop its movement. She was then run aground so as to allow the crew to escape with their lives. The greater part of their clothing was lost. So great was the heat that the whistles were melted off, allowing the steam to escape from the boiler. This, along with the roar of the flames, could be heard at Merrickville - a distance of five miles. The steamer was completely burned, nothing being visible but the smoke-stack. Great credit is said to be due to Capt. Neville, who spared neither time nor expense in securing the welfare and comfort of his crew. It may also be stated that the farmers of the locality turned out in a body and gave all possible assistance. [Ottaw Free Press]
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes