The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Vision (Propeller), aground, 31 Aug 1893

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      The 74th Regiment Cadet Corps had a very short moonlight ride on cranky old Lake Erie last night. It wasn't the Cadets' fault, for the boat they were on struck a snag in the shape of Horseshoe Reef and there was great excitement.
      The Cadets' chartered the steamer VISION to carry them to Elderado, about 100 Cadets and nearly as many young ladies boarded the boat at the foot of Main street for the ride. The moon was just coming up as they started and they expected to have a great time. Most of the crowd was to board the boat at the foot of Ferry street.
      The VISION steamed out of the creek tooting her whistle all the way. In crossing over to the river the pilot lost his bearings and the boat ran on Horseshoe Reef. Then there was trouble. Many ladies became hysterical. Some of the younger men in the party took off some of their clothes, fastened life preservers around their bodies, and prepared for a bath in the river, if the boat went down.
      The steamer was never in the slightest danger, however. Her whistle was blown for relief, and the tug ALEX. SLOAN went out to the stranded steamer's assistance.
      The excursionists were taken off and placed on the Government Pier, and later transferred to the PILGRIM and carried to Ferry street. They decided not to go to Elderado then on account of the lateness of the hour. There was no danger at any time.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, September 1, 1893 p.4, c.4

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.881111 Longitude: -78.915833
William R. McNeil
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Vision (Propeller), aground, 31 Aug 1893