The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, OH), Thursday, August 3, 1854

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LOSS OF THE PROPELLER BOSTON. -- We learn from Mr. Armstrong, one of the crew of the propeller BOSTON, that in three minutes after the collision with the PLYMOUTH, she had sunk to her upper decks. Thirteen men got aboard of the yawl, eleven aboard of the life-boat -- of whom four were women -- two escaped in a small yawl, none were lost. The distance to land was thirteen miles. The accident occurred about 11:30 P. M. The night was extremely dark and stormy. The rain poured down in torrents, accompanied with thunder and lightning. The life-boat had but two oars and no rudder. The large yawl leaked considerably and was kept free with difficulty -- the men having nothing but a hat and a bonnet to bail with. The small boat rode the storm better than either of the others. The boats all parted in the dark a few minutes after the accident. The storm blew the boats some miles further out in the lake before it abated. At daylight the American shore was barely visible. At 11 A. M., it was reached at Oak Orchard. The females were in their night cloths, and none of the crew saved a dollar's worth of property. After coming ashore the captain applied at the American Hotel in Charlotte for lodging, but was brutally refused by the landlord. They then found quarters with Major Williams. The BOSTON was struck between the wheelhouse and stern, while she was steering on her course.

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William R. McNeil
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Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, OH), Thursday, August 3, 1854