The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), November 7, 1872, page 4

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Accident to the "Silver Spray"

The Times thus describes the calamity, which we had only space simply to notice last week.

An accident of a serious nature occurred to the steamer Silver Spray on Wednesday afternoon last on her trip from Collingwood to this port. About 5 p.m. when off Thornbury and the machinery apparently working smoothly, a sudden crash was heard, caused by the breaking of the beam at both ends and the piston smashing the head of the cylinder into fragments. Some parts of the machinery went through the hurricane deck and fell on the promenade deck, smashing a portion of the former into splinters and causing considerable damage to the latter. Fortunately there were not many passengers on board, and no one happened to be near the scene of the accident or more severe casualty might have occurred. Word was immediately sent to Collingwood and the tug George Wilson steamed up to come to her assistance; but searched all night without being able to find her. The Silver Spray drifted about all night and in the morning was taken in tow by the Algoma and brought to this port. The accident will take some time to repair and in the meantime we understand the Frances Smith will go on the route between here and Collingwood after her next trip up Lake Superior.

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Scott Cameron
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Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), November 7, 1872, page 4