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  • Dreadful collision on Lake Michigan
    Image       "Dreadful collision on Lake Michigan, between the Mail steamer LADY ELGIN and the schooner AUGUSTA, Sept. 8 1860."
    Image     "Dreadful collision on Lake Michigan, between the Mail steamer LADY ELGIN and the schooner AUGUSTA, Sept. 8 1860."
  • Shipwrecks, Collisions and Accidents in St. Lawrence/Great Lakes Waterway, 1848-1900
    Text  Camu, Pierre, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Apr 1996, 43-66     There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular results, often involving losses of vessels and lives and leaving as mute testimony smashed ships, floating debris or empty lifeboats. ...
    Text  Camu, Pierre, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Apr 1996, 43-66   There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular ...
  • Marine News
    NewspaperText  Evening Courier & Republic (Buffalo, NY), 15 Nov 1866, p. 3, column 6     The propeller Alleghany broke her shaft off Point au Sauble and was towed to Milwaukee by the propeller Acme. She will be towed to Chicago for repairs....
    NewspaperText  Evening Courier & Republic (Buffalo, NY), 15 Nov 1866, p. 3, column 6   The propeller Alleghany broke her shaft off Point au Sauble and was towed to Milwaukee by the propeller Acme. She will be towed to Chicago for repairs....
  • Quick Trip with Injured Man
    NewspaperText  Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, MI), 20 Jun 1908, p. 2     Quick Trip with Injured man. (Special to The Evening Press)

    Benton Harbor, June 20.-- Plowing through the waters of Lake Michigan as fast as steam will carry her is the salt barge Edward Buckley. The boat is running a race with death. Aboard the vessel, critically injured, is ...

    NewspaperText  Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, MI), 20 Jun 1908, p. 2   Quick Trip with Injured man. (Special to The Evening Press)

    Benton Harbor, June 20.-- Plowing through the waters of Lake Michigan as fast as steam will carry her is the ...

  • Buffalo Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 17 Dec 1816
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    Melancholy if true.-- We learn by the western Mail Carrier, that an open boat some 2 or 3 weeks since left Erie for Detroit, with 3 men, 1 woman and 5 or 6 children on board. A few days afterwards the boat was discovered on the bar, bottom upwards. The ...

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    Melancholy if true.-- We learn by the western Mail Carrier, that an open boat some 2 or 3 weeks since left Erie for Detroit, with 3 men, 1 woman and ...

  • Buffalo Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 31 Dec 1816
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    Erie, Dec. 14.

    Melancholy. --On the 15th of Nov. last, Mr. John Collier, his wife and two children, a young man named Anthony W. Rallye, and a sailor, whose name we have not heard, left this place in an open boat for Detroit. Two weeks afterwards, the boat they ...

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    Erie, Dec. 14.

    Melancholy. --On the 15th of Nov. last, Mr. John Collier, his wife and two children, a young man named Anthony W. Rallye, and a sailor, whose ...

  • Shocking Accident
    NewspaperText  St. Lawrence Gazette (Ogdensburg, NY), 14 Aug 1827, p. 3    

    Shocking Accident.--A coroner's inquest was called on Sunday last, to examine the dead body of a man named Josiah Smith, in Prescott, who was employed as a fireman on board the Queenston Steamboat. It appeared, on examination, that Smith and another man, (who also was a fireman) ...

    NewspaperText  St. Lawrence Gazette (Ogdensburg, NY), 14 Aug 1827, p. 3  

    Shocking Accident.--A coroner's inquest was called on Sunday last, to examine the dead body of a man named Josiah Smith, in Prescott, who was employed as a fireman on board ...

  • Melancholy Accident
    TextNewspaper  Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra, NY), 15 Jun 1825     Melancholy Accident. - On Wednesday morning last, about 3 o'clock, a Miss Nancy Starkweather was suddenly killed by coming in contact with a canal bridge a few miles west of this town. She was on her way from the west on the canal to visit some connexions in Williamson, in ...
    TextNewspaper  Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra, NY), 15 Jun 1825   Melancholy Accident. - On Wednesday morning last, about 3 o'clock, a Miss Nancy Starkweather was suddenly killed by coming in contact with a canal bridge a few miles west of ...
  • Large Break in the Canal
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 30 Apr 1853     A break occurred in the Erie Canal, near the village of Orville, about six miles east of this city, on Thursday, and so rapidly was the bank washed away, that in a short time about twenty feet of the heel path was entirely destroyed. Nearly one hundred feet of the ...
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 30 Apr 1853   A break occurred in the Erie Canal, near the village of Orville, about six miles east of this city, on Thursday, and so rapidly was the bank washed away, that ...
  • Another Break in the Canal Break in the Canal.
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 10 May 1853     The Canal gave way about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, near Orville, at the place where the large break occurred a few days ago, and has caused nearly as bad a breach as the former one. About sixty or seventy feet of the berm embankment, just east of the Aqueduct over ...
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 10 May 1853   The Canal gave way about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, near Orville, at the place where the large break occurred a few days ago, and has caused nearly as bad a ...
  • Another Break in the Canal Break in the Canal.
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 10 May 1853     The Canal gave way about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, near Orville, at the place where the large break occurred a few days ago, and has caused nearly as bad a breach as the former one. About sixty or seventy feet of the berm embankment, just east of the Aqueduct over ...
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 10 May 1853   The Canal gave way about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, near Orville, at the place where the large break occurred a few days ago, and has caused nearly as bad a ...
  • Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 13 May 1853
    TextNewspaper       The Break at the Orville Aqueduct is entirely repaired, and boats are now passing quite rapidly. The first one which passed was the "E. Leaman," of Reding, at 12 o'clock Wednesday night. Business again looks lively, and we hope it will be long before it will be suspended by a ...
    TextNewspaper     The Break at the Orville Aqueduct is entirely repaired, and boats are now passing quite rapidly. The first one which passed was the "E. Leaman," of Reding, at 12 o'clock ...
  • Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 23 May 1853
    TextNewspaper       On Thursday last, while the packet boat Norwich was making her regular trip between Jordan and Syracuse, she came in collision with a large, loaded boat and sunk in a short time. Mr. Carson, we understand, will soon be on hand with another "craft," to take the place of the ...
    TextNewspaper     On Thursday last, while the packet boat Norwich was making her regular trip between Jordan and Syracuse, she came in collision with a large, loaded boat and sunk in a ...
  • A Canal Break at Adams'  Basin
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 1 Jun 1853     A break occurred in the Erie Canal at 1 o'clock, on Sunday morning, at Kings and Adams' Basin, about 15 miles west of Rochester. A despatch to the Albany Journal states that a culvert has gone out with forty yards of the heel and tow path, and forty feet of ...
    TextNewspaper  Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 1 Jun 1853   A break occurred in the Erie Canal at 1 o'clock, on Sunday morning, at Kings and Adams' Basin, about 15 miles west of Rochester. A despatch to the Albany Journal ...
  • Serious Canal Break
    TextNewspaper  Buffalo Express (Buffalo, NY), 16 Sep 1882     Syracuse, Sept. 15. - There is a serious break in the Erie Canal near Camillus. Two boats were swept into the breach. One coal boat was broken in two. The berm bank is carried away 100 feet cutting out the bottom of the canal to the depth of 30 feet. ...
    TextNewspaper  Buffalo Express (Buffalo, NY), 16 Sep 1882   Syracuse, Sept. 15. - There is a serious break in the Erie Canal near Camillus. Two boats were swept into the breach. One coal boat was broken in two. The ...
  • Accident to the Propeller Empire State
    NewspaperText  Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI), 1 Sep 1862, p. 4    

    ACCIDENT TO THE PROPELLER EMPIRE STATE.-- The propeller Empire State, on her last trip up from Buffalo, became disabled by an accident to her machinery which resulted in the breaking of her cylinder head. The propeller Montgomery fortunately came to her ...

    NewspaperText  Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI), 1 Sep 1862, p. 4  

    ACCIDENT TO THE PROPELLER EMPIRE STATE.-- The propeller Empire State, on her last trip up from Buffalo, became disabled by an accident to her machinery which resulted in the breaking ...

  • Hero - Chieftain III Collision
    TextNewspaper  The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON: Acton Burrowes), November 1911, p. 1081     Following is a summary of the judgment, recently delivered, as a result of the enquiry by L. A. Demers, Wreck Commissioner, assisted by Capts. A. Reid and F. Nash and W. Gauthier, as assessors, into the cause of the collision between the steamboats Hero and Chieftain III., in the River ...
    TextNewspaper  The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON: Acton Burrowes), November 1911, p. 1081   Following is a summary of the judgment, recently delivered, as a result of the enquiry by L. A. Demers, Wreck Commissioner, assisted by Capts. A. Reid and F. Nash and ...
  • 3 Workmen Entombed When Trestle Gives Way
on Barge Canal at Lyons
    TextNewspaper  Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 30 Aug 1913     3 Workmen Entombed When Trestle Gives Way on Barge Canal at Lyons _____ One Dead When Recovered and Two Badly Injured -- Name of Victim Unknown, Dumping Dirt Over Embankment. _____

    (Special to the Democrat and Chronicle)

    Lyons, Aug. 29. - One man ...

    TextNewspaper  Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 30 Aug 1913   3 Workmen Entombed When Trestle Gives Way on Barge Canal at Lyons _____ One Dead When Recovered and Two Badly Injured -- Name of Victim Unknown, Dumping Dirt Over Embankment. ...
  • Accident to Algerian
    TextNewspaper  Down The Lane, The Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall, ON), 14 Aug 1939     [Excerpt from Down the Lane column by George Wilson from an 1894 copy of The Cornwall Freeholder] Accident To Algerian -- A rumor spread through Cornwall that the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company's steamer had struck a rock in the Longue Sault Rapids and was in a sinking condition led ...
    TextNewspaper  Down The Lane, The Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall, ON), 14 Aug 1939   [Excerpt from Down the Lane column by George Wilson from an 1894 copy of The Cornwall Freeholder] Accident To Algerian -- A rumor spread through Cornwall that the Richelieu & ...
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