Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Indiana (Steamboat), gale damage, 22 Sep 1852
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NORTHERN INDIANA Steamer, disabled in a gale , broke arches and otherwise injured. Property loss $5,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

      THE NORTHERN INDIANA DISABLED. -- The wind, which blew very fresh all day yesterday, at night increased to a terrific gale. The Michigan Southern railroad Company's splendid steamer NORTHERN INDIANA, which left here last evening, encountered a terrible sea, and when off Dunkirk broke both her arches directly in the center, thus partially disabling her. Capt. Wagstaff, seeing the condition of his boat, immediately turned her about and steered for Buffalo. He reached here about noon. In going through her cabin, we find that she was so strained by the strength of the waves as to open large scams in her state-rooms -- doors and panels are wrenched off, and the beautiful cabin, the Ladies' Saloon, is sadly broken.
      Her midships from the immense weight of her engine is considerably settled, and the hurricane deck is tore open in many places. Iron bolts and bars are snapped in twain like sticks, and throughout she shows the effect of a terrible encounter, and the amount of damage it is impossible to state. The passengers will all leave on the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN this evening. The NORTHERN INDIANA will be immediately repaired.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, September 22, 1852

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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Northern Indiana (Steamboat), gale damage, 22 Sep 1852