The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Uncle Sam (Steamboat), broke shaft, 8 Jun 1833
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      It is with no ordinary feelings of regret that we record a circumstance of the most melancholy nature which occurred on Saturday morning the 8th.inst. The steam boat UNCLE SAM, Capt. Stiles, left this port the evening previous for Buffalo; and when she had reached Cunningham's Creek, her shaft broke. Capt. Stiles, together with three of his men, attempted to go ashore, for the purpose, as we have been informed, of speaking for a new one. The sea was high, and when he had reached within 20 rods of the shore, the boat filled--two of the men swan ashore, the third (whose name we have not learned) and Capt. Stiles were drowned. The Steam boat WILLIAM PEACOCK which arrived at this port on Sunday, brought the remains of the Captain to this place for internment. In the afternoon, funeral services was performed, in the Episcopal Church; after which the corpse was followed to the burying-ground by a great concourse of friends and acquaintances. Capt Stiles possessed many excellent traits of character. His amiable disposition, his frankness & generosity had secured the friendship and esteem of all who had become acquainted with him.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      June 15, 1833 p.3 col.1

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Reason: broke shaft
Lives: 2
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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Uncle Sam (Steamboat), broke shaft, 8 Jun 1833