Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New Orleans (Steamboat), sunk, 5 Sep 1845
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We are indebted to Messrs. Wells & Co., whose agent was on board, for the particulars of the sinking of the stm. NEW ORLEANS. The boat was in the Detroit River, bound for Chicago, on Friday morning last, when about 1 1/2 miles above Malden, in the British channel, at 5:00 in the morning, she struck upon a rock, and instantly began to fill with water. As she rebounded from the rock, she was run into shoal water, as promptly as possible, and in a very few minutes she settled gently upon the bottom, her bow in about 7 ft., and her stern in 10 ft. of water.
The boat was very heavily laden, and had an unusually large number of passengers. None of these were drowned, or injured, that we can learn, all being taken off by the steamer LONDON, (British) and the steam ferry boat ALLIANCE The boats main deck is out of water, but the hold is full, and of course her cargo is much damaged. The goods upon deck, a very large amount, escaped wetting. The above ferry boat has been employed to discharge the cargo, after which the boat will doubtless be got up. The passengers speak in the warmest terms of the kindness and comforts they experienced at the hands of all
belonging to the LONDON, which boat, by the way, we might have sooner said, is one that brought the news of the disaster to this city. We have not learned who are sufferers, by the loss of goods, or what insurance there was upon these. She was principally owned by Messrs. Gelston & Evans of this city.
      We learn from another source, that one of the passengers, an old gentleman, died on board the LONDON, soon after being taken from the NEW ORLEANS.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Monday, September 8, 1845

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The NEW ORLEANS is now at the lower end of the city, having worked herself up from the place where she sunk. It is said that she will be speedily repaired, the injury not being as great as at first feared. -- Detroit Express, Sept. 10.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Saturday, September 13, 1845

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
William R. McNeil
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New Orleans (Steamboat), sunk, 5 Sep 1845