America (Propeller), collision, 3 Aug 1897
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COLLIDED IN THE RAPIDS.
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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- William R. McNeil
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