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Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Thurs., Aug. 23, 1860

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Collision Between The Steamer Niagara And A Schooner. - On Tuesday night, about eleven o'clock, a collision occurred on Lake Ontario between the American steamer Niagara and a schooner, the name of which is unknown. The Niagara left this port between six and seven o'clock for Oswego and Ogdensburgh, and was in sight of Oswego light when she came in collision with the schooner. We have no details of the affair, and hence cannot state where the fault lies.

It is said that the night was dark, and the schooner showed no lights. Her bowsprit went into the upper works of the steamer, just abaft the wheels, doing considerable damage to the state rooms, and what is more, injured two passengers. A man and his wife, from Geneva we believe, occupied one room, and both were injured - the man having a leg broken - and the wife slightly. A lady occupied the next state room, and she was roughly handled in the crash of matter, but was not seriously injured.

The machinery of the steamer was not injured at all, and as soon as she got clear of the vessel she went into Oswego, where the injured were taken care of and the Niagara laid up for repairs.

It is clear that the schooner was crossing the track of the steamer, and a few seconds more time would have enabled her to pass clear astern. If she carried no light, then, of course, she is at fault. It is so seldom that accidents occur to the Lake Ontario steamers, that this one will create surprise. There is no better managed, and therefore no more fortunate line of steamers in the world than the one on which the Niagara belongs.

The repairs to the joiner work of the Niagara will be effected this week. Meanwhile her place will be filled by the other boats with a single exception. There will be no boat to Toronto tonight, but there will be one down the Lake, and from this time the line will be kept up as usual.

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Richard Palmer
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Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Thurs., Aug. 23, 1860