Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mayflower (Steamboat), disabled machinery, 31 Oct 1849
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The steamer ATLANTIC arrived at our dock this morning at 5 o'clock, bringing the MAYFLOWER in tow. The MAYFLOWER left here on Wednesday morning with favorable weather, and had proceeded one hundred and seventy miles down the lake, being near Long Point, when her walking-beam snapped in two, damaging other parts of her machinery badly, and rendering her entirely useless for the rest of the season. The CANADA met the ATLANTIC with her in tow about 10 P.M. yesterday, and took off her passengers, leaving her at anchor.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, November 5, 1849

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THE MAYFLOWER. -- We learn from Captain Willoughby, of the ATLANTIC, of an act of heroism that occurred on board the MAYFLOWER, at the time of the late accident, which deserves to be commemorated. While the fragments of the broken machinery were falling in a shower, Mr. Stark, the engineer, coolly remained at his post, and succeeded in shutting off the steam before the piston could make its upward stroke, which, had it done, would have increased the disaster immensely. One large piece of iron fell upon the engineer's foot, but he never for an instant swerved from his duty, and by his self possession saved great damage to the boat and perhaps the lives of those on board.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 6, 1849

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Reason: disabled machinery
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Mayflower (Steamboat), disabled machinery, 31 Oct 1849