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Algoma (Steamboat), aground, 23 Jul 1867

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The Steamer ALGOMA
      (Special despatch to the Leader)
      Detroit, July 29 . ---The clerk of the steamer METEOR, just in from Lake Superior, says that the steamer
algoma went ashore at 11 p.m. on the 23rd on Sandy Island reef, on the rocks, 45 miles from Sault Ste Marie, in four feet of water. The United States revenue steamer GENERAL DIX went to .her assistance, took off her passengers and light baggage and brought them to the Sault. On the 26th the tug went to try to get her off. When the METEOR left the Sault the Algoma was not damaged and there was no water in her. She can be got off if the weather keeps mild. He had not heard from the tug when the METEOR left the Sault
The following has just been received from one of the passengers on board the steamer ALGOMA -, thence by telegraph.
      "Sault st. Marie, July 25th. By mail to Detroit. The steamer ALGOMA on her return from Fort William struck a sunken reef on Tuesday night in a fog, off Sandy Islands, about 40 miles above this place. A boat was at once despatched to the Sault for help. The United States revenue cutter GENERAL DIX promptly came to our assistance and brought most of the passengers here, a few having in the meantime proceeded to Batchewanen, some six miles distant, In the steamer's boats. The DIX was unable to get near enough to the ALGOMA to endeavour to pull her off. She however, hailed a tug near this point and sent her to the ALGOMA. Captain Peny was sanguine of getting her off with the assistance of a tug. All efforts to get her off failed up to when we left. We had been on the rock two night and nearly two days before the DIX arrived. The passengers are all well and in good spirits.
      The ALGOMA has arrived at Collingwood, without the slightest damage. She is advertised to sail on Thursday, instead of Friday, as advertised yesterday morning. Those who have purchased tickets will take notice of the change in time.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      August 1,1867

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.00011 Longitude: -76.98274
William R. McNeil
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Algoma (Steamboat), aground, 23 Jul 1867