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Two passenger steamers collide on Lake Huron and scores of passengers and crew are lost

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08/09/1865
Off Thunder Bay, Michigan on Lake Huron, two loaded steamships collided with great force just before dark. The upbound Meteor struck the southbound Pewabic, fully loaded with copper ore and up to 200 passengers. With her bow caved in the 738-ton Pewabic sank in minutes in 180 feet of water. At least forty passengers and crew were drowned, the exact number unknown since all passenger lists went down with the ship. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"A Terrible Disaster: Collision of Two Propellers on Lake Huron," New York Times, August 12, 1865, p. 1.

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