Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Missouri (Steamboat), machinery disabled, 23 Oct 1840
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From the Detroit Advertiser, Oct. 26.--Storm and Steamboat Accident.--The MISSOURI met a tremendous gale in Saginaw Bay on Friday last - during the early part of which the connection of the boilers gave way and let off the whole of the steam. The boat of course became unmanageable, and was drifted more than 75 miles by the hardest blow ever know upon the lake. The surges were overwhelming - racking the boat at every seam, and dashing immense quantities of water into the hold at every swell. The passengers manned the pumps and kept her above water till the storm abated.
The smoke pipes were blown away - the lower portion of the wheel houses smashed in, and other injury done; but no lives lost. Ten tons of goods were thrown overboard to lighten the vessel during the gale. After the gale subsided, the injuries to the machinery were temporarily repaired, and the boat came in last evening. Three or four days will be necessary to place her "upon her feet" again
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Tuesday, October 27, 1840 p.2 col.2

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Reason: machinery disabled
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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Missouri (Steamboat), machinery disabled, 23 Oct 1840