Terrebonne (Steamboat), aground, 22 Aug 1895
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St. LAWRENCE Steamer TERREBONNE Runs On The Rocks And Sinks.
Montreal, Que. Aug. 23. -- The report that the R. & O. Steamer TERREBONNE with the party of Knights Templar on board had filled and sunk at the foot of the Beauharnois canal reached the city about 11 o'clock last night. This news tinged with the possibility of loss of life was soon on everybody's lips and large crowds of anxious people surrounded the Bonaventure Depot. There was, however, no information to be had.
The suspicion of fatality was, however, soon dissipated by telephone reports to the effect that the passengers had all been landed safely. As near as can be learned from the passengers on the arrival of the train, the steamer struck just as she entered the Cedar Rapids. The first concussion was not very perceptible and was only noticed by some of the more sensitive of the passengers.
A little further down the steamer struck again, this time with considerable violence and she swung partially round in the current. Just after the steamer got out of the rapids the engineer came on deck apparently greatly agitated and reported that the steamer was making water fast. This, of course, increased the terror of those on board, who thought their chances of reaching land were very small. Despite their fears, however, the boat although filling rapidly reached the foot of the Beauharnois Canal, where she settled in about seven feet of water.
All the baggage was, of course, saved, as the water was not deep enough to reach the other deck. The passengers regard their escape as a narrow one. As far as could be ascertained no serious results ensued from the shock to which the passengers were subjected although there were several cases of temporary prostration.
Buffalo Evening News
Friday, August 23, 1895
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- Reason: aground
Remarks: Got off
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- William R. McNeil
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