The undersigned, Passengers on board the NORTH AMERICA, from Detroit to Buffalo, from a due sense of gratitude towards the captain, mates, engineers and crew, thus publicly express their good feelings.
The NORTH AMERICA left Detroit at 15 minutes past 9, A.M., and arrived at Cleveland in 14 hours on the 18th inst. At 4 A.M., the Brig QUEEN CHARLOTTE, having no lights on her bow deck run foul of the Steamer NORTH AMERICA, and with her bow and bowsprit carried away a part of her wheelhouse and railing, also, broke down one of her fire-pipes, and partly destroyed the other, and one of the supply pumps. After a few hours detention on the Lake, the boat was enabled to proceed at about half her former speed. She proceeded until near 9 o'clock P.M.; when near Portland Harbor, a squall struck her starboard side with such force as nearly to capsize her. At this moment, the rush to midships, and the consternation and distress which was evinced by the great number of females on board, and many others, was without parallel. The surges increased to such an extent, that they broke the upper deck, and the wind was so heavy as to render it almost impossible to remain amid ships on the lower deck, without some firm substance to hold to. In this state the wind and surges continued for near half the time the boat was on her passage from Portland Harbor to Buffalo, (she having more than one-half of her engine rendered useless.) She was unable to make Dunkirk or Portland Harbor. During this period of time, when the cries of distress, and ejaculative prayers were constantly heard, the captain, mates, engineers and crew were exerting every nerve for the safety of the passengers and boat, and although the great source of alarm proceeded from the known fact, that if the remaining pipe (which was removed more than four inches from its proper place) should blow down, the boat would inevitably be burnt, for the fire was often communicated from the broken pipe remaining to the cook room, and extinguished by the exertions of the officers and crew, without the knowledge of but few of the passengers.
For the cool and fine deportment of Capt. Appleby and the other officers, and the diligence and exertions of the crew, the passengers feel themselves greatly indebted for their lives and present welfare.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Monday, September 21, 1835 p.2, c.5
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