The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Southern Michigan (Steamboat), damaged a wheel, 1 Sep 1854

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The steamer SOUTHERN MICHIGAN, on her last trip from this city to Monroe, damaged one of her wheels so that she was compelled to go to Detroit for repairs. The steamer EMPIRE STATE, on reaching Monroe, last evening, immediately turned about and took the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN'S place.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, September 30, 1854

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      QUEER ACCIDENT.---We learn from the Toledo Blade that the steamer SOUTHERN
MICHIGAN met with a serious and somewhat singular accident on her last trip up. When about 20 miles from Monroe, one of her wheels, which had been racked a little in a previous storm, burst its bands, and the whole mass of timber and iron composing it, fell into the lake, leaving the shaft and flange bare. The boat careened over, and there was great consternation amongst the passengers, about 400, for a few moments; but the officers and crew with good presence of mind, set to work, shifted the freight over, so as to balance the boat, and she made her way into port with one wheel. We believe this is the first accident of
the kind to the same extent, which has ever ocurred on the lakes.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, September 30, 1854

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Reason: damaged a wheel
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Southern Michigan (Steamboat), damaged a wheel, 1 Sep 1854