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Oregon (Steamboat), collision, 11 Jun 1847

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OREGAN Steamer and Brig EMPIRE came in collision on Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Considerably damaged.
      Buffalo Courier (casualty list)
      March 17, 1848

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The steamer OREGON is in from the Upper Lakes,looking as though she had seen hard service. In Saginaw Bay she was run into by the brig EMPIRE, about 2 o'clock Friday morning. The EMPIRE struck her first just forward of the wheelhouse, carrying away the Barber's shop,&c.,and injuring a smoke pipe so that it had to be taken down. The vessels parted, when the EMPIRE struck again, abaft the wheelhouse, cutting through the upper works to the hull. The OREGON was towed back to Thunder Bay Island for repairs. The Brig lost her bowsprit, cutwater &c. She put back to Port Huron for repairs.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wed. June 16, 1847

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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Oregon (Steamboat), collision, 11 Jun 1847