Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Queen City (Steamboat), collision, 1 Jul 1853
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Collision On Lake Erie - The steamers St. LAWRENCE, bound down, and QUEEN CITY, going up, came into collision on Friday night, near Fairport. The former had stopped her engine, and the latter had her helm hard a-port, and had swung round so as to be headed down the lake - she struck the other about 15 feet from the stem, cutting it almost off. The St. LAWRENCE
continued on her course, and the QUEEN CITY, which was not much damaged, followed her about two hours, when finding that the other could get along by the aid of her pumps, turned and proceeded to Detroit. The St. LAWRENCE reached Buffalo next morning, and went into dry dock, and will take ten or twelve days to repair, at a cost of $5,000 to $10,000. It is more
than strange how such an accident could occur - the night was clear and calm, the moon out full, and the deck filled with passengers.
The St. LAWRENCE filled to the bulk-head, which prevented the further ingress of water. She was divided into perfectly water-tight compartments, and could only fill to a certain extent, therefore could not sink.
      St. Catharines Journal
      July 28, 1853

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Reason: collision
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
William R. McNeil
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Queen City (Steamboat), collision, 1 Jul 1853