Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Superior (Steamboat), collision, 6 Jun 1851
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SUPERIOR Steamer, was run into by the up bound Steamer ALABAMA, doing considerable damage to the SUPERIOR's stern. June 7, 1851.
      Casualty List for 1851
      Erik Hyle's private papers

The Steamer ALABAMA, bound up, and the SUPERIOR, bound down, came in collision during a dense fog off Barcelona on Friday night. The ALABAMA struck the SUPERIOR just back of her starboard wheelhouse, and stripped her clean to the hull, from wheelhouse to her stern. She lost some of her freight that was stowed on her guard, and it is feared that two or three passengers were lost. The ALABAMA received but slight injury.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Monday, June 9,1851

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June 4, 1851. - Steamer ALABAMA, collided with steamer SUPERIOR, on Lake Erie, damaging both $2,000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

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      STEAMBOAT COLLISION. - A little after 1 o'clock on Saturday morning, the steamboat ALABAMA on her way to Dunkirk, came in collision with the steamer SUPERIOR near Barcelona. The bulwarks and guards on the starboard quarter of the latter boat were cut off close to her hull. She also lost several bales of broom corn and two or three boxes of her cargo. The ALABAMA sustained but little damage. - Cleveland Plain Dealer
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 11, 1851

Item Type
Reason: collision
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $2,000
Remarks: Damaged badly
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.34034 Longitude: -79.59588
William R. McNeil
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Superior (Steamboat), collision, 6 Jun 1851