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Two steamboats collide on the St. Clair River in Michigan and one sinks with loss of life.

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11/23/1866

On the St. Clair River on the Michigan border with Canada between Lakes Huron and St. Clair, the steamer Lac La Belle collided with the Milwaukee, another steamboat.  The Lac La Belle came off worst in the impact and sank with all her cargo and the lives of two of her crew.  The financial loss was estimated at $163,000.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

House of Representatives, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances for the Year 1868 (Washington, DC; Government Printing Office, 1868), 314.

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