Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Lawrence (Steamboat), aground, 2 Aug 1889
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      The Excursion Boat St. LAWRENCE Goes on a Rock - Passengers Rescued.
Watertown, N. Y., Aug. 2. -- The palace steamer St. LAWRENCE, which has been for several seasons the pride of her officers and the best of the Thousand Island Steamboat company's line of boats, ran on a rock off Hog Island in the Canadian channel and is parting. She has received injuries which it will cost $20,000 to repair, and will be useless to the company the remainder of the season. She had on board nearly 800 people who were safely conveyed to the adjoining islands and are now encamped upon their shores until the superintendent of the line, Capt. Beaupre, can send to take them off. The greatest excitement prevails all along the St. Lawrence river over the accident. It is expected from later accounts that the St. Lawrence may go to pieces on the rocks.
The St. LAWRENCW was on the Roger's excursion. She left Clayton about 11:30 a. m. with about 850 people. There were over 1,000 people on the excursion and the MAYNARD, which is allowed by the government inspector to carry 125 people, was detailed to take those who could not board the St. LAWRENCE. The MAYNARD and St. LAWRENCE left together, the former following after the St. LAWRENCE a short distance. Many were below to dinner when the boat reached Canadian waters and entered the narrow channel near Hog Island. The Captain, it is said, attempted to cross from the narrow to the main channel and when part way the St. LAWRENCE struck a rock and riding over it rested with the center of the boat on the highest point. She settled at both ends.
The MAYNARD was approaching, and as soon as she could she landed her passengers on the adjacent island. Not a person was injured and all were landed without even getting wet. When the accident occurred men and women were almost frantic with fright, but on one attempted to jump overboard, and the officers acted with great presence of mind. Capt. Milo D. Estes, who was in charge of the St. LAWRENCE, has been captain of steamboats many years, and known as one of the most careful captains of the river.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, August 2, 1889

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.341944 Longitude: -76.093055
William R. McNeil
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St. Lawrence (Steamboat), aground, 2 Aug 1889