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Northern Indiana (Steamboat), broke machinery, 8 Jun 1856

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NORTHERN INDIANA Steamer, broke her machinery (lever beam), towed in and repaired. June 1856. Property loss, hull $4,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)

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      The NORTHERN INDIANA broke some of her machinery while in the bay, Saturday and was forced to come to a dead halt. She was towed to her wharf by a steam tug and the propeller SANDUSKY. - Toledo Com., Monday.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, June 7, 1856

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      The steamer NORTHERN INDIANA met with quite a serious accident on her down trip, by the breaking of her working-beam. The accident occurred off Dunkirk. By the breaking of the beam, the connecting rod was cast loose, and made sad havoc with the wood work within its reach. She was towed into port Sunday evening, and has gone into
dry dock for repairs. The injury she has sustained will take several weeks to repair.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, June 10, 1856

NOTE: - The Toledo report of Monday refers to the accident occurring Saturday, May 31. ?? However she is listed as arriving at Buffalo June 6.----Possibly two different accidents to the same vessel ??

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Northern Indiana (Steamboat), broke machinery, 8 Jun 1856