Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Admiral (Steamboat), burnt, 11 Jun 1853
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ADMIRAL Steamer (Br.), burned at Toronto, Lake Ontario, cargo and passengers saved. Property loss $35,000
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

      No Lives Lost
      Toronto, June 11. (sic)
The steamer ADMIRAL, of the line running between Toronto and Rochester was this morning about half past three o'clock burned to the waters edge and totally destroyed. No lives lost - Insured.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, June 10, 1853

NOTE--Although the above was dated June 11, it did appeared on the June 10 issue of the Republic.

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Yesterday morning, about three o'clock, the steamer ADMIRAL was completely destroyed by fire. She arrived at Browne's Wharf from Rochester about half past twelve o'clock. The fires were put out, and the hands retired to bed. Shortly after three o'clock, she was observed by some one in the town to be in flames, the watch on the boat being at the time, it is stated, asleep. The alarm was given, and the fire companies were almost immediately at the spot. They were unable, however, to extinguish the flames before the whole interior of the vessel was completely burnt out, leaving standing, besides the outer timbers of the hull, merely the charred and blackened skeleton of the upper works. The ADMIRAL was an old boat, and was owned by Donald Bethune & Co. She was insured for 5,000 Pounds, as follows: -
St. Lawrence Co. 2,000 Pound; Montreal Co. 1,500 Pounds; Provincial Mutual Co. 1,500 Pound. There was but little freight on board. There were, however, a few emigrants, some of whom lost nearly all their luggage. The whole amount of property lost, besides the boat itself, does not exceed 50 Pounds in value. It is supposed that the fire originated from the carelessness of the fireman, who drew out and extinguished the ashes from the furnace on the arrival of the vessel. The The remains of the steamer now lie aground at the end of Browne's wharf.
      Toronto United Empire
      Monday June 13, 1853

The ill-fated steamer ADMIRAL was towed yesterday to near Tinning's wharf, where we understand she will be lelieved of her machinery.
The hull has been considerably more damaged than was at first anticipated, and has been condemmed.
      Toronto Globe
      June 16, 1853

Item Type
Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $35,000
Cargo: $200
Remarks: Rebuilt as schooner
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Admiral (Steamboat), burnt, 11 Jun 1853