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Indiana (Steamboat), broke machinery, 31 May 1846

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The INDIANA was towed in last evening, by the UNITED STATES, having broken some
of her machinery. We are informed that the captain had a very narrow escape.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Mon. Morning, June 1, 1846 p. 3

OMISSION.---An article we had prepared for yesterday morning's paper, noticing the accident to the steamboat INDIANA, got mislaid. The accident occurred while the boat was off Dunkirk, on her last downward trip. A bolt at one end of the walking beam worked loose, or gave way, letting the beam down with such force as to carry away one end of the cylinder. Although quite a serious accident in point of expense, we are happy to state no lives were lost. It is one of those class of accidents which no human foresight can guard against, and which will happen to the best regulated machinery. The repairs are rapidly going on at the
Vulcan Foundry, and will cost about $1,000. The INDIANA was towed into port by the UNITED STATES.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wed. Morning, June 3, 1846 p. 3

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Indiana (Steamboat), broke machinery, 31 May 1846