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Goderich (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 28 May 1839


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THE STEAMBOAT GODERICH SUNK.- On night last, the steamboat GODERICH, while on her way to Amherstburg, and when within a short distance of that town, was run into by the steamboat ERIE, and immediately sunk. No blame is attached to the captain of the ERIE, or any one on board, but the accident is attributed to the mismanagement of the man at the helm of the unfortunate GODERICH, whose passengers and hands were taken up by the captain of the ERIE, who also exerted himself to save every floating article belonging to the GODERICH. It is supposed she will be raised without much trouble, when she will resume her trip between this and Chatham. We understand the GODERICH was insured. - Sandwich Herald (n.d.)
      British Colonist
      Wednesday, June 19, 1839 p. 3 col. 2 & 3

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      CANADA COMPANY
      Property Held In Canada
Canada Company schooner LADY GODERICH 1832

Value of steamboat building for Company 775 L. Dec. 31, 1833

Value of steamboat on Lake Huron 6,800 L. in Dec. 31, 1834

Value of steamboat on Lake Huron 6,800 L. in Dec. 31, 1834

Value of steamboat 9,500 L. currency in Dec. 31, 1835

Cost and expenses of steamboat 11,130 L. currency Dec. 31, 1836

Cost and expense of steamboat, after writing off 5,800 L. for depreciation - 5,933 L. currency Dec. 31, 1837

Balance of steamboat account 6,838 L. in Dec. 31, 1838

The only matter to which the directors have now to refer is, to report to the proprietors that the Company's Steamboat was lost on the Detroit River, by a collision with an American Steamboat in May last. An insurance having been effected on the vessel to the extent of the supposed value, 4,000 Pounds, this amount has been recovered from the Underwriters. Her loss has led the Director to take measures to restore the communications between Goderich and the other parts of the province without delay, but so as to limit the expense as much as possible.
      Report of the Court of Directors of the Canada
      Company, to the proprietors. December 31, 1839
      Canada Company Records
      Series A 4 A 4-5 Vol. 1,
      Ontario Archives.

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MORE CARELESSNESS - The Detroit Advertiser of Friday says: We understand that the Steamboat ERIE, on her passage to this place, on Thursday evening ran foul of a small British Steamboat, in the Detroit River, a few miles above Malden, and that the latter was sunk almost instantaneously. We believe no lives were lost.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Tuesday, June 4, 1839 p.2 col.2

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      COLLISION. - On Tuesday night, the steamboat ERIE, Capt. Titus, on her downward trip, in Detroit river, ran foul of the Canadian boat WEBSTER, and sustained some injury.
      The WEBSTER was lying alongside and endeavoring to raise the GODERICH which was sunk last spring, when the ERIE, not perceiving the lights, came in contact. She was struck on the larboard side, forward of the wheel house. Her railings, wheel house, flanches, etc., were carried away, and she now lies at Detroit repairing. Ten days will again see her on the line.
      Buffalo Daily Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 14, 1839

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      Advert.... FOR SALE - at Kingston Dockyard - the Steam Engine and Boiler - Recovered from the wreck of Steam Vessel GODERICH. - by auction on Sept. 15.
      Chronicle & Gazette, Kingston
      August 28, 1841 p. 3

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      "The MINESSETUNK, (sic) afterwards the GODERICH, came in collision with the ERIE in Detroit River, in the month of August, 1840, and was sunk. The steamer now known as the GODERICH, was formerly the GORE, L. L. (lower lakes)"
      extract from Trade and Commerce
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 26, 1847

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      The MINNESETUNK, a British craft, built at Goderich, C.W. and afterwards called the GODERICH was 250 tons, and came out in the year last noted (1834). She was sunk in the Detroit River, near Malden in the month of August 1840, by collision with the steamer ERIE, and never raised.
      Early Lake Navigation (condensed)
      Toledo Blade
      April 23, 1866

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1839
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McN.W.10536
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Goderich (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 28 May 1839