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Telegraph (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 3 Aug 1858

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Stmr. TELEGRAPH, sunk in Lake Erie by collision with the schr. MARQUETTE. Total loss. Property loss $8,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      The stmr. TELEGRAPH, of Cleveland and Port Burwell line, was run into by the schr. MARQUETTE, about 12:15 Tuesday morning, when some 40 miles from this city, bound for Port Burwell. It was raining violently and the darkness was intense. The TELEGRAPH's weather bow was smashed, and she was otherwise so severely injured that she immediately began to fill. The passengers and crew had barely time to escape half naked to the TELEGRAPH's two small boats. One or two of the passengers succeeded in saving some of their baggage, but the most of them lost everything they had with them. The steamer quickly went down. The passengers and crew were tossed about at the mercy of the angry waves, the rain continuing pitilessly the while, for about 2 1/2 hours, when the schooner MARQUETTE succeeded in finding them and picking them up. They were well and kindly cared for by the officers of the MARQUETTE, which vessel arrived here with them early this morning.
      The MARQUETTE is owned in this city, although at the time she ran down the TELEGRAPH she was bound from Buffalo to Toledo. The stmr. TELEGRAPH was small, well built and well appointed boat. She was 8 years old, nearly 6 of which had been run in the Cleveland and Canada Line by Capt. Barrow. Captain Barrow paid $8,000 for her 6 years ago. He valued her at considerably more than that sum.
She was not insured and is a total loss to Capt. Barrow. He informs us that he has been on the lake 24 years and he has never before met with an accident! The brave, big-hearted old lakeman has lost his all, but he is not discouraged or disheartened. He says the boat is gone and it's no use crying about it. The captain is better than a thousand dead men yet. - Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wed.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 7, 1858

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Remarks: Total Loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Telegraph (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 3 Aug 1858