The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Richard Stevens (Shipwreck), collision, 17 Jan 1850

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Steamboat Collision on Seneca Lake
Yesterday morning about 5 o'clock the RICHARD STEVENS and the CANADASAGA, two steamers plying between Geneva and Jefferson in connection with the Chemung Rail road, came in collision at Dresden, 12 miles south of
Geneva, and the latter was so much injured that she sunk. No lives were lost.
It appears that the STEVENS had left the wharf at Dresden, and the CANADASAGA, which was headed for Geneva, was coming in, when the bow of the STEVENS struck the CANADASAGA just before the wheel house, shattering her badly.
Great consternation prevailed among the passengers of the CANADASAGA, who were about 15 in number. The distances from the shore was about one fourth of a mile. Fortunately the C. was under full motion, and both boats being fastened together by the contact, ran upon a shoal, where the CANADASAGA sunk only to her hurricane deck. In the meantime, her passengers and crew escaped on board the STEVENS.
The steward on board the CANADASAGA had a narrow escape from being crushed, and one of the hands was knocked overboard, but immediately picked up. The baggage of the passengers was a good deal damaged by wet. The STEVENS remained and brought the CANADASAGA's passengers to Geneva, where they arrived at 9 A.M.
      Rochester American
      Friday, January 18, 1850


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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 46.78327 Longitude: -92.10658
William R. McNeil
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Richard Stevens (Shipwreck), collision, 17 Jan 1850