The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 24, 1854

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p.2 Welland Canal - A serious accident occurred on the Welland Canal on Wednesday afternoon, during the storm that occurred on that day. The propeller Michigan was proceeding down the canal a little below Thorold, when she was suddenly violently driven forward with the wind. The man in charge of the snubbing rope slipped, and lost command of the vessel, which was driven through two of the locks and broke down four of the gates, and did not stop till she was wedged in the lock with one of the gates between her side and the masonry. One of the lock tenders, not getting out of the way in time, was seriously hurt, the result of which it was feared, might prove fatal. The damage to the canal it is thought will not be less than 600 or 700 pounds, and the navigation will be suspended for four or five days. [Colonist]

July 25, 1854


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 24, 1854