The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hastings (Steamboat), collision, 9 Oct 1880

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COLLISION ON THE BAY. -- On Saturday night shortly after 9 o'clock the steam barge INDIAN collided with the steamer HASTINGS between Stone Mills and Adolphustown Point. The HASTINGS was on her way up the Bay of Quinte; the INDIAN was on her way down heavily laden. The mate of the HASTINGS, Mr. Micheal Lawless, one of the oldest and best navigators of the Bay, states that when he noticed the steam barge bearing down upon the boat of which he was then in command he whistled once, indicating that the other craft should take her own side. The INDIANS course was not altered. Lawless whistled a second time, and without effecting his object, whereupon he decided to run the HASTINGS into a bush, to the right, that it should be better to have her aground on a soft bottom than be probably sunk in deep water under less favorable circumstances. Before the HASTINGS could get out of the way, the INDIAN struck her a little forward of the paddle-box breaking not only the wheel and its covering but the flanges, the crank, the bridge-tree, and gallows-frame. The shaft dropped and now lies on the hull. The collision was so violent that the INDIAN split her stem. After the accident the HASTINGS listed over, but fortunately she was near Stone Mills, whither she was towed and tied up. The HASTINGS passengers were conveyed to Picton by busses. The received a great shaking up by the accident. Naturally enough they were more or less excited until they understood the position of things and learned that they were not in danger. The damages are not definitely known. They will probably amount to $3,000, possibly more. The captain and wheelsman of the INDIAN were clearly to blame, no efforts having been made on their part to avoid the collision. It is usual when a mishap of this kind is feared , for the wheels to be put hard to port. Had such been done in this instant the results would not have been as reported. Had the HASTINGS been struck anywhere but on the shaft she would have been sunk on the spot. It is not likely that she will be repaired to do any more service during the balance of the season, but the route will be supplied by Mr. Gildersleeve. The PIERREPONT was to go up the Bay this afternoon, and tomorrow the MAUD may run to Belleville. The INDIAN belongs to Gilmour & Co., of Trenton. It has been very unfortunate. The accident may cost her owners more than she is worth. The LADY FRANKLIN left this afternoon for Stone Mills, and will tow the HASTINGS to Kingston.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Monday, October 11, 1880

      THE HASTINGS ACCIDENT. -- In addition to the injuries already described we find that the steamer HASTINGS by the late accident, had her pillar block broken, the machinery has been started from its place, and the whole upper works seriously damaged. Had the collision occurred on Thursday or Friday evening, when the passengers were more numerous, life would have been more endangered.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Wednesday, October 13, 1880

      A survey of the damages of the steamer HASTINGS has been made. Captain Dunlop representing the insurance companies, and Messrs. Gilmore and Gildersleeve appeared in their own interest. Mr. Jenkins valued the carpentrey repairs and Mr. R. Carrol the damages to the machinery. The total bill amounts to $2,250, but this does not include the painting and other incidentals.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      October 20, 1880

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.143611 Longitude: -77.255833
William R. McNeil
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Hastings (Steamboat), collision, 9 Oct 1880