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Algerian (Steamboat), C71609, collision, 3 Aug 1897

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      Two Steamers Have A Narrow Escape In The St. Lawrence River.
Kingston, Ont., Aug. 4. - Two passenger steamers, the AMERICA of the America line, and the ALGERIAN of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, collided in the famous Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence River, near Montreal. Both were crowded with passengers, and a panic ensued when the vessels came together Above the roal of the rapids came the grinding and splintering of wood as the two boats dashed down the rapids together. many of the passengers fainted and pandemonium reigned on board.
      By a miricle on one on either boat was injured, and the damage to both boat is comparatively slight, when the peril they were in is considered. The bulwarks of the AMERICA on the side she struck the ALGERIAN are torn away and the woodwork is otherwise damaged. The ALGERIAN, being the larger and heavier boat, escaped much serious damage.
      As soon as the end of the rapids was reached, the steamers were headed for docks and the passengers disembarked.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, August 4, 1897 4 - 2

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CORNWALL. Official Canadian No. 71609. Home port, Montreal, Que. formerly ALGERIAN.
      List of Canadian Vessels Whose Names Have
      Changed during Year ending Dec. 31, 1905
      Steam paddle KINGSTON. Built at Montreal in 1855. Rebuilt Montreal 1872 and renamed BAVARIAN, rebuilt Kingston 1874 and renamed ALGERIAN, renamed CORNWALL in 1904. Official Canadian Number [in 1874], 71609. 176 x 27 x 10. DISPOSITION. -- Scrapped in 1930
      Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Vessels
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930

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William R. McNeil
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Algerian (Steamboat), C71609, collision, 3 Aug 1897