The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Globe (Toronto, ON), Sept. 30, 1851

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On Saturday night, about 9 o'clock, as the Ottawa freight steamer, Capt. Wells, owned by Messrs. Torrance & Co., was leaving Kingston for Montreal, she was met by the Reindeer coming in. The pilot of the Reindeer saw the lights of the Ottawa and reversed the engine; but the Ottawa was under such headway that she struck the Reindeer on the stem, sinking herself and carrying away the Reindeer's stem. The Ottawa sunk in about half an hour. She had, including crew, 74 persons on board, but no lives were lost, as the Reindeer was towing a barge, in which they all escaped. She was loaded with flour, and had a great quantity of furniture belonging to Government officials on their way to Quebec, which must suffer a good deal from wet.

The Reindeer was also so much damaged from the collision that she had to be discharged. The Ottawa lies on her beam ends about a quarter of a mile from her wharf in 15 feet water. It is not expected that she can be got ready for business this fall.

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Rick Neilson
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Globe (Toronto, ON), Sept. 30, 1851