The Steamer Speed Burnt.
We regret to learn that the fine new Steamer Speed, owned by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, and plying on the Ottawa between Bytown and Grenville, was destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon, during her upward trip. The wind rendered all efforts to subdue the flames ineffectual. Passengers and crew saved.
The travelling public will not, however, be inconvenienced as the fast Steamer Porcupine will be despatched tomorrow to take her route, until a new hull can be built for the Engine, which will be saved uninjured. [Magnet, yesterday]
Since yesterday we have learned that the fire commenced about the Boilers, while the Boat was running against strong head wind, which carried the flames and smoke aft so that the hose attached to the Engine could not be brought to play; otherwise a plentiful supply of water could have been had, and the Boat perhaps saved. Buckets were used freely, and all that men could do was done by Capt. Lighthall and his crew; but their exertions were of no avail. One of the Boilers, heated by the burning mass, blew up, heaving the steam drum and smoke funnel ashore. The boat was run aground in soft clay, about 24 miles below Bytown, where she now lies, careened over on her larboard beam, with her walking beam still standing, shafts in place, and indeed the Engine seems to be uninjured. Her owners will commence immediately the building of a new hull.
The Speed's value was from 10 to £12,000 - quite new, having come out last month. She was the fastest boat in Upper Canada.
The American Navy - Today the officers of the two vessels the Dallas and Jefferson, now lying in this harbour, will entertain a large party of the citizens to a most sumptuous luncheon, prior to their departure down the St. Lawrence. We understand there will be also today some ball practice by her Majesty's ship Cherokee.