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Missouri (Steamboat), leak, 1 Oct 1843

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The steamboat MISSOURI, downward bound, ran on a rock a few nights ago, about 100 miles above Detroit, in Lake Huron, and sprung a leak, which caused her to take water pretty fast. She reached the St. Clair river however, and stopped at her usual wooding place to repair damages. She reached this port on Tuesday evening of this week
      Erie Gazette
      Thursday, October 26, 1843

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We are informed that the stm. MlSSOURI on her last downward trip struck a rock off Point Aux Barque, and beat a hole in her bottom; she however, kept on her way, using her pumps until she reached Pt. Sawney, in the St. Clair River, when the water had gained so much upon her, that it was deemed advisable to run her ashore. Intelligence of the disaster having been sent to Detroit, the JULIA PALMER was despatched to her assistance, and brought off her passengers and freight, which arrived here last evening. It is thought that the MISSOURI will be got off without any very serious loss.
We learn also, that the stm. BUNKER HILL, on her passage up to Chicago, ran into the prop. INDEPENDENCE, (bound down with a full cargo of wheat) about 2O miles south of Milwaukie; the collision took place in the night time, and the BUNKER HILL had one of her wheel houses stove, and her guards considerably shattered. The INDEPENDENCE was considerably injured, and was towed back to Chicago by the BUNKER HILL.
      Daily Courier & Economist, Buffalo
      October 25, 1843

ACCIDENT TO THE STEAMER MISSOURI. -- We are indebted to Lieut. Simson, for the following particulars:
      The steamer MISSOURI, struck a reef while off Pt. Aux Barques, about 9 o'clock, A. M.. on Friday last, which caused her to spring a leak. The pumps were soon put into requisition, and water taken out also from a hole cut in the cabin floor, and from the forward hatch. The water was kept under until she reached Chine, on the St. Clair River, where she arrived about dark; and here, after removing the cargo, finding that the water was gaining, she was suffered to drop below the wharf, and as near the shore as possible, where she sunk near morning in about seven feet of water.
The depth of water in her hold is about 3 feet. It is thought that she will soon be on her way again, making her accustomed trips. The captain discovered during the danger, his usual coolness and intelligence, in providing against the evils to be anticipated from such an occurrence.
      The passengers were the next day taken down to Detroit by the RED JACKET.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      October 25, 1843

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    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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Missouri (Steamboat), leak, 1 Oct 1843