The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., Aug. 22, 1860

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Collision Of The Steamer Niagara And An Unknown Schooner. - last evening the steamer Niagara, on her way down from Rochester to this port, when about eight or ten miles from Oswego, came in violent collision with an unknown vessel. May of the passengers, not intending to land at this point, had retired for the night, and being startled from their sleep by the sudden crash, for a time considerable excitement and confusion prevailed until the extent of the damage was ascertained.

The bowsprit of the schooner first struck the Niagara on the paddle box and raking aft demolished and carried away three staterooms and a portion of the upper saloon the damage was confined to the upper works and the hull of the steamer was uninjured in the least. Mr. John Adger, of Columbus, S.C., who occupied one of the staterooms penetrated by the schooner's bowsprit, was severely injured; both legs were broken above the knee joints. Immediately upon arriving in port Mr. Adger was conveyed to the Welland House, and professional aid procured. His injuries though painful are not considered dangerous, and he is carefully attended by friends. Several other passengers experienced slight bruises, but none of a serious character.

It is stated that the schooner was not noticed on board the steamer until too late to avert the collision. The night was cloudy and the schooner might not have been furnished with the required signal lights, or have properly displayed them. The injuries sustained by the Niagara did not prevent her from continuing the trip, and she departed for Ogdensburgh at the usual hour last evening.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., Aug. 22, 1860