Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Frontenac (Steamboat), burnt, 29 Aug 1827
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Ship FRONTENAC - Proprieters - Messrs Hamilton- on fire on the 15th instant and drifting down the river - was taken in tow by the NIAGARA, Capt. Mosier who brought her back to her moorings. The fore was extinguished - not much loss.
      St. Catharines Journal
      September 19, 1827

Fire - On the morning of the 15th inst., we were aroused from our slumbers with the cry that there was a vessel on fire in the river; it turned out to be the FRONTENACK, which was drifting down the river on fire. Fortunately she was met near the bar by the steam-boat NIAGARA, Capt. Mesier, who took her in tow, on fire as she was, and brought her back to her mooring, when the fire was extinguished without much loss being sustained. The boilers were still on board, and ballast, so that had she been burnt to the water's edge, or got into the rough lake she would have sank. The loss would have been considerable. There is no doubt but some evil minded person had set her on fire, as none had been on board for some time, and the chain cable that had been made fast to the anchor on shore, was made lose. - Gleaner
      Farmer's Journal & Welland Canal Intelligencer
      September 26, 1827

      STEAM-BOAT BURNED.--The Steam-boat FRONTENAC, we understand, was fired at Fort George, last week, by some incendiary, in the night, and then set adrift in the River. Capt. Mosier, of the Steam-boat NIAGARA, while coming in, fell in with the burning boat, about three miles from land, drifting into the lake, and towed her back to port. She now lies at Fort George, a perfect shell, being burned to the waters edge. - - Buffalo Journal
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, September 27, 1827 p.3 col.1

The Messrs. Hamiltons, proprietors of the steam-boat Frontenac, have offered a reward of #100 for the discovery of the persons who got fire to that vessel some time ago. - The FRONTENAC after being fired, was loosed from her moorings, and had drifted some distance into the lake when she was met by the NIAGARA, Capt. Mesier, who took her tow, and succeeded in bringing her to the wharf at Niagara, where after some exertions the flames were Extinguished. - U. E. Loyalist
      Farmer's Journal & Welland Canal Intelligencer
      October 3, 1827

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Remarks: Total loss
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Frontenac (Steamboat), burnt, 29 Aug 1827