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Western Metropolis (Steamboat), collision, 10 Sep 1856

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Steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS and Brig C.P. WILLIAMS, collided in Buffalo Harbor.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      ACCIDENT TO THE WESTERN METROPOLIS. - The steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS while entering the harbor this morning, got afoul of the schooner C.P. WILLIAMS, and stove in her larboard wheel house, doing considerable damage to her pantry and several state rooms. It appears that the schooner was drawing 11 feet feet 2 inches of water which is too much for any vessel on these lakes, and in entering the harbor grounded and scraped along until opposite the Michigan Central Dock, where she hung fast by the stern, her bow sticking out across the channel. The WESTERN METROPOLIS in endeavoring to enter got foul of the schooner's bowsprit and sustained the damages above stated.
      Buffalo Daily Repbulic
      Wednesday, September 10, 1856

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
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William R. McNeil
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Western Metropolis (Steamboat), collision, 10 Sep 1856