Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bunker Hill (Steamboat), collision, 12 May 1837
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BUNKER HILL Steamboat, about 9 o'clock last evening, the steamboats BUNKER HILL and CINCINNATI, came in contact under full head-way. The former was bound down, and the latter up the lake, and they were passing each other off Huron, when the accident occurred. The helmsman of the CINCINNATI is said by our informant, who was a passenger on board that boat, to have been unaquainted with his duty. By a wrong turn of the wheel, he threw the boat directly in the track of the BUNKER HILL as they were passing, which caused her to strike the former, just forward of the shaft, carried away her starboard wheel house, and the captain's office, which was on deck, broke the shaft and injured the boat very considerably. Capt. Bradley, who was in his office at the time.was very badly wounded, and it is doubtfull whether he survises. The mate and one or two hands slightly hurt. The BUNKER HILL was not damaged according to our informant. She towed the CINCINNATI into the harbor at Huron, where she now lies.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Saturday, May 13, 1837

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The CINCINNATI, was towed into this port from Huron, by the DeWITT CLINTON, on Saturday night, where the injury sustained by her tremendous collision with the BUNKER HILL, will be speedily repaired. The boat is much damaged, and in addition to the loss of her shaft and starboard wheel, will require nearly entire new upper works abaft the wheel house. Hull, uninjured. Damages estimated at $3,000. The BUNKER HILL sustained a very slight imjury, and we are happy to learn that Capt. Bradly of the CINCINNATI, will probably soon recover from the severe personal injury sustained in the unfortunate encounter. His escape with life is astonishing, the office in which he was standing being literally crushed to atoms. No other person was hurt on the boat, and it is a little remarkable, that had the BUNKER HILL struck the CINCINNATI a few feet either way from the point of contact, she must inevetably have passed completely over, and sunk her instantly.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, May 15, 1837

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    Latitude: 41.39505 Longitude: -82.55517
William R. McNeil
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Bunker Hill (Steamboat), collision, 12 May 1837