The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Erie (Steamboat), collision, 1 May 1839
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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 afoul 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 & Gazette
      Tuesday, June 4, 1839; 2:2
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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 trips between this and Chatham. We understand the GODERICH was insured. - Sandwich Herald (n.d.)
      British Colonist
      Wed. June 19, 1839 (p.3, col.2 & 3)

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Erie (Steamboat), collision, 1 May 1839