The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
United States (Steamboat), collision, 16 May 1836

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A schooner owned by Mr. Smith of Belleville, laden with wheat belonging to Bella Flint Esq., and bound for Prescott, came in contact with the steam boat UNITED STATES, on Monday night, about one mile from Alexander's Bay, and sunk immediately. The night being so extremely dark, that the hands on board were not aware of the proximity of the vessel till too late to avoid the consequence which ensued. Fortunately the crew of the schooner escaped in the small boat - Kingston Chronicle.
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, May 25, 1836

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      DISASTER ON LAKE ONTARIO. - By the Rochester Daily Democrat we learn, that
the steamboat UNITED STATES, Capt. Van Cleve, on her upward passage on Wednesday
last, had between 500 and 600 passengers - a large portion of whom landed at the port of Rochester. At the lower end of the lake, this steamboat was ran foul of at night, by the British schooner ELIZA ANN, of Whitby, Canada - which schooner sunk in a few minutes, having on board 1,359 bu. Canadian wheat. Crew saved.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, May 21, 1836 p.2, c.2

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.33588 Longitude: -75.91773
William R. McNeil
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United States (Steamboat), collision, 16 May 1836