Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oregon (Steamboat), collision, 13 Jun 1847
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The steamer OREGON came in yesterday from above, with but one wheel and her side badly bruised. The brig EMPIRE ran into her. Had she ran 10 feet either way the OREGON, though strongly built, would have sunk immediately. The damage is great. A meeting was held on board, the proceedings of which we shall publish. The OREGON has gone down. (proceeded down the lake)
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, June 14, 1847

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      STILL ANOTHER COLLISION. - The steamer OREGON is in from the Upper Lakes,
looking as though she had seen hard service. In Saginaw Bay she was run into by the brig EMPIRE; about 2 o'clock Friday morning. The EMPIRE struck her first just forward of the wheel house, carrying away the Barber's Shop, &c., and injuring a smoke pipe so that it had to be taken down. The vessels parted, when the EMPIRE struck again, abaft the wheel house, cutting through the upper works to the hull. The OREGON was towed back to Thunder Bay Island for repairs The brig lost her bowsprit, cutwater, &c. She put back to Port Huron for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 17, 1847

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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Oregon (Steamboat), collision, 13 Jun 1847