Transit (Steamboat), collision, 11 Apr 1846
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STEAMBOAT COLLISION ON LAKE ONTARIO.---We learn from I.G. Dickinson, Esq., of this place, that there was a fearful collision yesterday in Toronto harbor, between the SOVEREIGN and TRANSIT. It appears that the TRANSIT was passing out of the harbor in advance of the SOVEREIGN, and in order to prevent the SOVEREIGN from passing endeavored to run her upon the shore.
On these intentions becoming evident the SOVEREIGN steered directly for the TRANSIT, striking her wheelhouse which was carried away and demolished the wheel. The damage is estimated at $800.
In backing off, the SOVEREIGN ran upon a sand bar, which carried away her rudder. Both boats being thus disabled, the QUEEN came to the rescue, and took the passengers from both boats.
It appears that the belligerent boats belonged to rival lines and the collision probably grew out of the strife usually attendant upon such rivalries --- Lockport Courier, April 12.
Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
Fri. Morning, April 17, 1846 p. 3
Steamboat Collision on Lake Ontario. - As the steamers Sovereign and Transit were coming out of the Toronto Harbor together Tuesday the Transit in order to prevent Sovereign from passing, endeavored to run her upon the shore. The Sovereign thereupon steered directly for the Transit, striking her wheel house which was carried away and demolishing her wheel. In lurching off the Sovereign ran upon a sand bar, which carried away her rudder. Both boats being thus disabled, the Queen took the passengers from both boats.
Republican, Baldwinsville, N.Y.,
Thursday, April 20, 1846
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- William R. McNeil
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