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BURNING OF THE PROPELLER TINTO ON LAKE ONTARIO. Seventeen Lives Lost. (From the Kingston (C. W.) News, of July 19.)

On Thursday evening, 17th inst., the propeller Tinto, from Montreal, bound to Lake Erie, passed Kingston harbour about half-past eight o'clock, and when three miles above Nine-Mile Point fire wm discovered in the fore-hold, where a quantity of wood was in a blaze, and the flames, with great fury and rapidity, -spread to the upper cabins in proximity to the hold, rendering their extinguishment utterly hopeless, and causing the utmost consternation among the crew and passengers. The only small boat attached to the vessel was immediately manned, and four women, three children, with some of the crew and pnssengers, embarked. The boat was then lowered -from the davits, and owing to the rapid motion of the vessel, on striking the .water immediately capsized, and all the unfortunate inmates were engulphed in the lake, to the number of seventeen, none of whom have, up to this time, been heard of, and are doubtless all drowned. The following are their names :—: — Patrjck Campbell, master. _ Alexander Henderson, engineer R. Lemmon and G. Marchand, wheelsmen. Louis — fireman. Frank Farmer, Thomas Baylis, and Win. M'Millen, deck hands. R. Kincaird, steward. Female cook, name unknown, shipped at Montreal. A female friend of the steward, named Sarah , supposed to have been betrothed to him. Mrs. Benton, her nurse, and three children. A French Canadian passenger, named Jaques Le Bois, and^Nicholas Butler, lamp boy. Among the few saved were Mr. Ben ton late ofthe Montreal and Champlain ßailway, husband to Mrs. Benton, an'd father of one of the children, the two others being under his care. Mr. W. D. Handyside, purser, to whom we are indebted for these melancholy particulars, he having saved himself by clinging to the rudder, with two other men, for about an hour or more, was taken up by a fisherman from the point. The mate, several hands, and others who abstained frem entering the small boat, were saved by throwing themselves into the water, with planks and such other buoyant articles as presented themselves at the trying -moment. While those mentioned were clinging to the rudder, a keg of powder which the purser had, in Montreal, carefully stowed in the forward part of the forehold, exploded with a loud concussion, throwing quantities ■of 'burning wood piled on the deck high into the air, and scattering it over the surface of the water. The schooner Mary Adelaide, Captain Davis,, and the schooner Flying Cloud, Captain, , at the time beating about the offing, hastened with praiseworthy celerity against a head wind, to the burning vessel, and succeeded in rescuing those floating about in. the water. Mr. Handyside is of opinion that if the unfortunate persons had not been so precipitate and had shown more coolness under the circumstances, there was ample time to have taken great precautions, and they all might have been saved.

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BURNING OF THE PROPELLER TINTO ON LAKE ONTARIO. Seventeen Lives Lost. (From the Kingston (C. W.) News, of July 19.), Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIII, Issue 982, 25 November 1856

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BURNING OF THE PROPELLER TINTO ON LAKE ONTARIO. Seventeen Lives Lost. (From the Kingston (C. W.) News, of July 19.) Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIII, Issue 982, 25 November 1856

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