The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lexington (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Apr 1842

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While the steamer LEXINGTON, Capt. Jones, was on her way from Charleston to this port, on Thursday morning, some 40 miles distant, the machinery gave way and having but a single sail to guide her, she was for many hours almost at the mercy of the wind which blew fresh down the lake. After rolling and pitching along until she neared our lighthouse, the SCOTT and WAYNE hove in sight and soon came to her assistance. A line was passed from the disabled boat and she shortly after safely moored in port.
An occurance of this kind in the night, with such a wind and sea as broke over the pier yesterday, might have produced fatal results.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1842

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Lexington (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Apr 1842