The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 27, 1839

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p.2 The Hamilton Journal contains a letter, communicating the particulars of the loss, in the Detroit River, of the Canada Company's steamboat Goderich, which occurred on the night of Thursday, the 30th ultimo. The steamboat had left Goderich the previous night, proceeded down the Lake, calling at River Sable and Port Sarnia, at the mouth of the River St. Clair. She arrived at Sandwich during the following forenoon, and in the evening proceeded to Amherstburgh, for the purpose of making arrangements for running in future between Goderich, Port Sarnia, and Amherstburgh. In proceeding down the Detroit for the latter place, she took the American channel, and after passing the steamboat Fairport, the lights of another steamboat, bound upwards, were observed. The pilot of the Goderich, upon this, was ordered to steer her in shore, so as to give way to the American steamboat. Both vessels neared each other very rapidly, but the night being dark, they were unable to distinguish their true position towards one another, until close aboard. The American boat put her helm hard-a-port, but unfortunately struck the Goderich on the starboard bow, carrying away her bow sprit, cathead bulwarks, and guards, and stove in the whole of her starboard bow. She immediately began to fill with water, leaving the crew no time to make any arrangements for her preservation. Upon hailing the American steamboat, she proved to be the Erie, of Buffalo, which immediately lay to, and sent her boat to the assistance of the Goderich, but was unable to save her, as her lower deck was five feet under water, and soon afterwards she sunk, her crew taking refuge on board the Erie, which brought them to Detroit. Next morning the Goderich was found to have drifted on a shoal about two miles above Amherstburgh, where she lies in about seventeen feet water. Two vessels have been employed to raise her, and save the engine, if possible, but the hull was entirely destroyed, and doubts were entertained whether the engine could be saved, as it appears to have been broken in two pieces. No blame was attached to the people of the Erie steamboat, and it was believed that the collision was an accident on both sides.

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 27, 1839