The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1865


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p.2 FEARFUL COLLISION AND LOSS OF LIFE ON LAKE MICHIGAN

Detroit, August 11th - A collision between the propellers Pewabic and Meteor occurred at half-past eight o'clock on Wednesday evening, six miles from shore. The former was struck on her port bow, just aft the pilot house, and sunk in three or four minutes. The boats were running at full speed and struck with such force that as to crush in the entire bow of the Pewabic. At the time of the accident it was scarcely dark, and the boats saw each other six miles apart. When approaching they exchanged signals, and the Pewabic bore off to pass, but the Meteor, for some cause yet unknown, turned in the same direction and struck the Pewabic. A number were killed by the crushing timbers. A few passengers jumped on board the Meteor before the Pewabic sunk. The life-boats were at once lowered from the Meteor and picked up those who were not carried down with the wreck. There was from 175 to 200 passengers on board the Pewabic. The names of 75 passengers and 23 of the crew saved are known. The loss of life cannot be correctly ascertained yet, but will be near one hundred. The Meteor remained near the scene of the disaster till morning to pick up any who might be floating on pieces of the deck, but none were found.

The Meteor was but lightly injured, and continued her trip to Lake Superior.

The following are the names of the passengers known to be lost:- Wife and four children of Edward Levan, Chaudiere, Canada East; Louis Shagare, Quebec; W.G. Nauston, Canada West; John Busher, Canada; J.M. Buckens, Hamilton; W. Batto, Canada; Charles L. Abonant, Canada; H.A. Beauo, W. McLenn, Canada; John Jamieson, Charles Hunt, London.

p.3 Imports - 10,11; Exports - 10.11.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - Aug. 10th.


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Date of Original:
Aug. 11, 1865
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KN.24652
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1865