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Henry Clay (Steamboat), collision, 2 Sep 1827

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We are informed by Capt. Norton, of the Steam-boat HENRY CLAY, that at 4 o'clock in the morning of the 2nd. inst. he fell in with the Steam-boat SUPERIOR, 12 or 14 miles below Grand River, standing down the Lake. She was first discovered broad on the lee bow of the CLAY, having her jib and mainsail set, wind off the land, distance, as Capt. Norton supposes, three or four hundred yards. When nearly abreast, the helm of the SUPERIOR was put hard to port, which brought her head directly across the main deck of the CLAY. The instant this maneuver was discovered, the helm of the CLAY, was put to starboard, but not in time to avoid her. The SUPERIOR'S engine was kept going ahead until after she struck the CLAY. The CLAY is considerably injured, having her rail, guard, &c. from the forward gangway to the cathead almost entirely carried away. Notwithstanding the injury received was so considerable, she was repaired in time to sail at her regular hour, 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.---Michigan Herald
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, September 14, 1827 p.3 col.4

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Henry Clay (Steamboat), collision, 2 Sep 1827