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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), collision, 10 Sep 1839

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COLLISION.--We are informed that the Steamboat ERIE ran into the DANIEL WEBSTER in Detroit River on Tuesday night. The collision broke one of the wheel houses and wheels of the ERIE so badly that she will have to lay by a few days for repairs. Of the extent of the injury sustained by the WEBSTER we are not informed. The WEBSTER is now a British boat.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Thursday, September 12, 1839 p.3 col.1

      COLLISION. -- On Tuesday night, the steamboat ERIE, Capt. Titus, on her downward trip, in Detroit River, ran foul of the Canadian boat WEBSTER, and sustained some injury.
      The WEBSTER was lying alongside and endeavoring to raise the GODERICH which was sunk last spring, when the ERIE not perceiving the lights, came in contact. She was struck on the larboard side, forward the wheel-house. Her railings, wheel house, flanches, etc., were carried away, and she now lies at Detroit repairing. Ten days will again see her on the line.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 14, 1839

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      The ERIE - We have been furnished with the following details with regard to the recent accident to the Steamboat ERIE:
      "The ERIE, on her downward trip, encountered the WEBSTER about three miles this side of Malden, laying at anchor, near the middle of the channel. The night being very dark, the ERIE did not discover her until close aboard, and when the WEBSTER was first discovered the officers of the ERIE supposed her a boat bound up the river, and that she was under headway, and did not perceive the difference until they came in contact. On discovering her, Captain Titus ordered the wheel hard aport, to sheer clear of her, supposing at the same time, she would put her wheel starboard; but the WEBSTER being unfortunately at anchor, could not respond to the motions of the Erie, and that fact was discovered too late to remedy the evil, although the engine was stopped the moment it was discovered they were coming in contact.
      "The damage sustained by the Webster is very slight, and the highest estimate put upon the damages of the ERIE, cannot exceed five hundred dollars, and will not probably amount to four hundred. She is now undergoing repairs and will be out again in from five to six days.
      "The ERIE under these circumstances, with her wheel damaged, went aground, and whilst laying there, Capt. Titus, his officers and crew, were treated with respect by Col. Airy, his command and the citizens of Malden, and it is not understood that there is any cause whatever for fault finding on.the part of either party. --- Detroit Adv.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, September 17, 1839 p3 col.3

COLLISION - The steamboat ERIE, Capt. Titus, has sustained considerable injury by running foul of the Canadian steamboat WEBSTER, in Detroit River. Her railings, wheel house, anchor &c., on her larboard side, were carried away.
      Erie Gazette
      Thursday, Sept. 19, 1839

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    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
William R. McNeil
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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), collision, 10 Sep 1839