TINTO

On 17 July 1856, chris and tinto (wooden propeller, 135 foot, built in 1855-56, at Sorel, Quebec) caught fire and burned to a total loss only 2 miles from shore. She was between Snake Island and Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario. 18 lives were lost. The survivors jumped into the water and were picked up by a boat from shore. A newspaper article stated that she had no lifeboat aboard. Her machinery was later recovered and installed in the AVON.

The Propeller TINTO owned by Gibb & Ross of Quebec, built at Sorel in the fall of 1855 by McCarthy, has a 4 bladed prop. of 10 feet and 18 feet pitch.
Toronto Globe
May 28, 1856

NOTE:– The engine & boiler of the TINTO, were put into the prop. AVON. which was launched June, 1857.
Toronto Globe
June 17, 1857

p.2 Life Saved – Wm. McMillan, one of the crew of the steamboat Tinto, burnt near Kingston, who was reported amongst the killed, has been picked up near the scene of disaster, by the schooner Independence. The vessel came into port yesterday morning. He managed to get clear of the burning wreck, and by clinging to a piece of the furniture drifted from the vessel, kept afloat until found by the schooner.

Tinto (1855)
Year of Build:
1855
CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP
Built at:
Sorel, Quebec
POWER
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
FINAL DISPOSITION
Final Location:
Near Kingston, Ontario, Canada
How:
Burnt
HISTORY
Approx. 135×23. Owned by Gibb & Ross, Montreal. Built by D. & J. McCarthy, Sorel and launched 19/11/55. Engines (2) 22½x30 working at right angles on same shaft (i. e. “V-2”) by Miln & Miln (Dock Engine Works), Montreal, to “Avon”. Used Montreal-Lake Erie. Destroyed by fire 11/06/56 near Kingston, 8 killed. Nothing official on this one.

Propeller TINTO, (C), burned off Kingston, C.W.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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The Propeller TINTO owned by Gibb & Ross of Quebec, built at Sorel in the fall of 1855 by McCarthy, has a 4 bladed prop. of 10 feet and 18 feet pitch.
Toronto Globe
May 28, 1856

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KINGSTON, C. W. July 18. – The propeller “TINTO,” was burned last night off Nine Mile Point, and is a total wreck. About twelve persons are lost, among them Capt. Campbell and a Mr. Henderson. The purser and twelve of the crew were saved.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Friday, July 18, 1856

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The new Propeller TINTO, Capt. Campbell, caught fire off Nineteen Mile Point and burned to the waters edge, bound from Kingston to Toronto and Hamilton. 18 persons missing.
Toronto Globe
July 19, 1856

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A Propeller Burnt. – We learn from Capt. Ledyard, of the BAY STATE, that the new Prop. PINTO [sic Tinto] was burnt to the water’s edge on Thursday night. She took fire about nine miles above Kingston, and floated down the river, and lodged against an island a few miles below Kingston, where she lay burning when the BAY STATE came up yesterday morning.
Two steamers went to her assistance, after she was discovered, but no person was found on board and the small boat was gone. It was supposed the crew deserted her in the boat and went to one of the Islands. Capt. Ledyard states that she was burning briskly as he passed her, and was quite down to the water’s edge. The cause of the fire was unknown.
The telegraph states that twelve passengers are lost by the casualty of the PINTO. Among them Capt. Beel, and a Mr. Henderson. The purser and 12 of the crew were saved.
Oswego Palladium
Saturday, July 19, 1856
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The Propeller TINTO drifted ashore on Cedar Island, and burned to the waters edge.
Toronto Globe
July 21, 1856