The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1852

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p.2 Collision On Lake Erie - It was stated a day or two ago that the Lake Erie steamer Ocean had broken one of her shafts on the lake and was in a dangerous position off Long Point. It now turns out that the Ocean was in collision with a schooner and got punished. The following we take from an American paper:-

Had the schooner struck the Ocean ten feet fore or aft of this spot, the boat would have gone down with a full load of passengers, and the land would have again been plunged into mourning. This matter should receive a thorough and strict investigation. Justice and the public safety demand it, but we are hopeless that it will take place.

The report that the accident to the steamer Ocean was occasioned by the breaking of the shaft of that boat appears to have been an error. The Ocean was run into by the schooner Mansfield, and it is truly wonderful that a calamity similar to that of the loss of the Atlantic was not the result.

The Ocean, it appears, was near Long Point, and about four miles from the spot where the wreck of the Atlantic now lies, when she discovered the schooner Mansfield bearing down upon her at the rate of about eight miles an hour. The steamer's helm was put aport until she was turned nearly round on her track. The schooner came into her on the forward part of the wheel, cutting through into the steamer's kitchen and leaviing the figure head of the schooner on the steamer's deck.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1852