The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), December 1, 1881

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Collision on Lake Michigan


One Man Scalded to Death


We are called upon this week to chronicle another very serious disaster to the shipping of Georgian Bay, by which two propellers are lost on Lake Michigan, happily all except one man escaped a watery grave, but the loss will prove a severe one. During a blinding snow storm at 6 a.m. on Thursday the propellers Lake Erie and Northern Queen of the Collingwood and Chicago line, collided and sunk shortly afterwards. Time and space prevents us giving particulars this week.

THE JANE MILLER - This steamer left... on Friday evening last, bound ...Michael's Bay and intermediate ports, and as she is three days longer out than usual grave fears are entertained as to her safety. We trust however, that she will yet be heard from and all safe.

THE NORTHERN QUEEN - The latest intelligence about the loss of this steamer is contained in the following telegram received to-day from Linsted, the Chicago Agent of the New England Transportation Company's line, to which the Queen belonged;

The Queen was lost in the harbor at Manistiqua. The spiles would not hold her and gave way. A heavy gale from the south-west broke her to pieces. The crew barely escaped with their lives. Part of the crew were sent home on the morning train. McRae, Capt. Cameron and the balance of the crew leave to-morrow.

NAVIGATION NOTES - The steamer City of Owen Sound arrived here on Friday evening after a long, stormy trip to Duluth and return. She is now being laid up in the basin at the west side of the river. The City has had a successful season, excepting the mishap a few weeks ago in the north channel. The Frances Smith is still in the dry dock. The Campana is lying at the railway dock discharging her cargo. The schooner Arabia loaded with ties, was brought in here on Sunday last by the tug Mary Ann, of Collingwood. The Arabia was bound from Wiarton to Chicago, but had the misfortune to run onto one of the numerous islands which make the exit or entrance to Colpoy's Bay such a dangerous one. The Arabia, it is understood, will go on the dry dock here as soon as the Frances Smith comes off. The Manitoulin and Emerald both came across from Killarney on Monday last, the Emerald calling here and the Manitoulin proceeding direct to Collingwood. The steam barge Lothair came in on Monday evening, and left for Parry Sound the next day. The tug Bella Taylor is here waiting for the dock. The dredges and scows are laid up in the basin for the winter. The Wiarton Belle came in from Wiarton on Tuesday. The Belle will run some days yet. The Jane Miller is not back from the Island, and some fears for her safety are entertained.

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Bill Hester
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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), December 1, 1881