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Southerner (Steamboat), lost smoke pipe, 5 Apr 1851

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SOUTHERNER Steamer, We are gratified to learn that this steamer, an account of whose probable loss we published on Monday morning. She is safe in port at Detroit. She encountered a gale that blew down one of her pipes, when she came to anchor off Point Au Pelee, and rode it out in safety. It was in this condition that she was seen by those who reported her probable loss.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Wednesday, April 9, 1851

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April 5, 1851, Steamer SOUTHERNER, disabled near Point Au Pelee - lost pipes, anchored; rode out gale and was towed to Detroit. Property loss $5,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 2, 1852 (casualty list, 1851)

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      During the severe gale on Friday night, (which was one of the most severe ever known on the lakes) the SOUTHERNER left Cleveland, and proceeded on the southern route as far as Avon Point, when both her pipes were blown down. This occurred about 10:30 in the evening. Her engine, however, kept working until 4:00 the next morning. The accident of course rendered her to a certain extent unmanageable, and a portion of the baggage and freight was washed overboard by the sea. She was finally brought to an anchorage, and towed to this city yesterday by the ARROW.
      Her guards had suffered somewhat from the sea, and her upper works were slightly damaged by the fall of the pipes. Her furniture suffered some from the water. It is probable she will not be detained more than 3 or 4 days, and that she will resume her trips this week.
      Much credit is awarded her Capt. Pierce, for bringing his boat through with comparatively so slight a loss.
      Other vessels have also suffered considerably but we hear of no loss of life.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 8, 1851

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Reason: lost smoke pipe
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Southerner (Steamboat), lost smoke pipe, 5 Apr 1851