Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Red Jacket (Steamboat), collision, 1 Nov 1846
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On Friday evening last at about 8 o'clock, the steamers RED JACKET and ST. CLAIR, came in collision, in the Detroit River between this city and lake St. Clair by which the ST. CLAIR was almost immediately sunk. The RED JACKET struck the ST. CLAIR on her larboard bow, and lying lower, passed her bow directly under her guards, striking her hull and cutting her entirely through to the waters edge. An attempt was made to run the ST. CLAIR on shore, but she soon filled and went down, with her bow in 3 feet of water and her stern in 18 feet water at an angle of 45 degrees. There is not the slightest doubt that this accident is the effect of gross carelessness, as each boat, we understand, discovered the other in time to avoid the collision. Fortunately no lives were lost. This is the second accident which has occurred in thisvicinity recently-the other being the bursting of the cylinder of the steamer SCOTT which took place a few days since.
      Buffalo Daily Courier & Pilot
      Thursday, November 19, 1846

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: damages slight
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.081944 Longitude: -83.125555
William R. McNeil
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Red Jacket (Steamboat), collision, 1 Nov 1846