The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 13, 1839

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Accident on the Lake. - Last Friday morning about one o'clock, the steamers United States and Great Britain, the former on her passage up, the latter on her passage down the lake, while on their regular trips between this place and Lewiston, came in contact while passing near the mouth of the Genesee River. The accident happened entirely through a misunderstanding, each boat, instead of keeping to the right as established by custom if not law, altered their course at the same time, and in the same direction - otherwise it could not have happened, as they were both apprized of each other's approach when three quarters of a mile apart; and this will probably forever prevent a similar occurrence.

As all manner of stories will be circulated by those interested in the other route, for the purpose of injuring this, we deem it proper to state, that although both boats were injured more or less, the States is already repaired and again on her regular trips, and the place of the Britain is supplied by the Cobourg till such times as she be able to resume her course, which will probably be as early as tomorrow or the next day.

This is the first accident that has occurred since the organization of this line to interrupt the regular tips, and as all who have tried this route have spoken of it in the highest terms, and given it a decided preference for comfort, expedition and economy, we have no idea this will prove any very serious drawback, all the bug-bear stories that may be put afloat to injure it to the contrary notwithstanding.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 13, 1839