Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Lawrence (Steamboat), collision, 22 Jul 1853
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St. LAWRENCE Steamer, damaged by collision with steamer QUEEN CITY on Lake Erie. Property loss $3,000 (for both ?)
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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COLLISION ON THE LAKE. - The steamer St. LAWRENCE, Capt. J.J. Hollister,
which left Sandusky yesterday, at 4 P.M., was run into between Fairport and Ashtabula
last night, about 10 o'clock, by the steamer QUEEN CITY, Capt. Wilkins, bound from
Dunkirk to Detroit. The QUEEN CITY struck the St.LAWRENCE about fifteen feet
from her stern, cutting it almost off. The St. LAWRENCE kept on her course and the
QUEEN CITY turned and came along with the St.LAWRENCE for about two hours,
when, on finding that the St. LAWRENCE could keep up by working her pumps she
turned and went to Detroit. The damage the St. LAWRENCE has sustained, will
probably cost $5,000 to $8,000 to repair. She goes into Messrs. Bidwell & Banta's
dry dock this afternoon. It will detain her about ten or twelve days to repair. It was
a beautiful night, the moon shone quite bright - the lake was smooth, and it occurred
early in the night, when the decks were full of passengers. Blame must attach some
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, July 23, 1853

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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St. Lawrence (Steamboat), collision, 22 Jul 1853