Steamboat Collision. - Propeller Magnet Sunk.
- Last night at about half-past ten o'clock as the steamer Bay State, of the American Express line, Capt. Morley, was passing from Ogdensburgh to this port, when seven miles below Kingston, she run into and sunk the Propeller Magnet, Captain Patterson, loaded with wheat and flour, bound for Montreal.
As the two boats were approaching, the Magnet steered out of her course and undertook to cross the bow of the Bay State, the Captain of the former probably mistaking the distance the two steamers were apart. As the Magnet came round broad side in front of the Bay State, she was struck full by the stem of the latter, just abaft the stern hatchway, crusing her sides through, and filling her almost immediately. No lives were lost. The Bay State received no damage except, that her cut water or stem was badly bruised. The loss of boat and carg we have heard , estimated about $50,000.
As reported, we do not see how any blame can be attached to Capt. Morley, or the Bay State. He was in the course properly, and had the Magnet continued in hers all would have been well. It was necessary at about this point where the collision occurred, that the Magnet should change its course, and the Captain, doubtless thought at the rate the two boats were moving, he had time to do this, and clear each other before the boats should pass. He came short of his calculations some fifty or sixty feet, and the Magnet lies at the bottom of the St. Lawerence in consequence.
Capt. Morley is one of the most efficient and safe captains upon the lakes, but the change in the course of the Magnet was so sudden and unexpected, that he was powerless to prevent the collision.