The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 18, 1855

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p.2 Wreck in the Lachine Rapids - The Montreal Commercial Advertiser of Saturday states that the new steamer Blue Bonnet, plying between Cornwall and Montreal, was wrecked in the Lachine Rapids on Friday afternoon. The following are the particulars of the accident:-

The steamer had been impeded in her passage through the Rapids by a number of rafts which preceded her, and compelled her to go out of her course, and to ease off to avoid running them down. In consequence, she was not under that subjection to the helm requisite for the close steering required, and, on entering the Kettle, yawed and struck heavily below the boiler, breaking a hole in her bottom, and bursting her injection pipe. There were a large number of passengers on board, including ladies and children, and the utmost alarm prevailed. The Captain, with great decision, ran her as far as he dared, and laid her up well on a reef of rocks, to prevent her sinking. The Voltigeur, on her way to Laprairie, was fortunately in sight, and immediately bore up, and took off the passengers and freight. Beyond the fright, no damage was sustained by any one, but it is feared, from the position in which the boat lies, there will be great difficulty in getting her afloat again. The loss of the Blue Bonnet excites general sympathy for the owners, who showed a commendable enterprise in placing so fine a boat on the river. It will be some gratification to Captain Stickler, and the Pilot, Mr. Cameron, to feel that no blame is attributable to them, and that to the decision and presence of mind displayed in the trying circumstances in which they were placed, the safety of the passengers is mainly attributable.

The steamer Zimmerman broke her shaft on Friday afternoon, and will be off the Niagara and Toronto route, in consequence, for about three weeks.

Accident - minister fell down hatchway of steamer Maple Leaf when approaching Port Newcastle.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 18, 1855