The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advance, collision, 16 Sep 1864

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A correspondent informs us that on Saturday night last the ADVANCE, Capt. Muir, came into collision with the prop. WHITBY off Long Pt., Lake Erie. The particulars of the collision are not given, but we are told that the ADVANCE struck the WHITBY about midships, crushing and smashing her timbers in a fearful manner. It is stated that the ADVANCE pursued her course without staying to see what damage had been done to the WHITBY. The purser was found clinging to the riggin of the former vessel shortly after the accident. The ADVANCE arrived at Port Colborne
yesterday, and the captain reported the facts of the collision, stating we believe, that as he left the WHITBY she was
whistling loudly, as if for assistance.
      A rumor was circulating around the wharves last evening to the effect that the WHITBY, shortly after the collision, sunk with all on board, the only one of her crew that escaped being the person who clung to the rigging of the other vessel, as stated above. No doubt the story will either be confirmed or contradicted today.
      Toronto Globe
      September 13, 1864 2-7

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Advance, collision, 16 Sep 1864