Back to top

Almost three hundred drown on Lake Michigan in an excursion steamer collision

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
09/07/1860
The 300 foot, 1000 ton steamer Lady Elgin left Chicago around midnight on a pleasure trip with 300 passengers and 85 crewmen aboard. Just before dawn she collided with the schooner Augusta.  Little damage was suspected but suddenly the Lady Elgin's boilers dropped through her bottom and she immediately sank. Only 100 aboard were saved.  The dead included the owner of the Illustrated London News, Henry Ingram.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1861), 154-156.

Tabs

How to Cite This Page: "Almost three hundred drown on Lake Michigan in an excursion steamer collision," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/33705.