Amherstburg, ON (Detroit River) Steamer E K COLLINS Wreck, Oct 1854

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BURNING OF THE STEAMER COLLINS !!

GREAT LOSS OF LIFE !!

Detroit, October 9.
The str. E. K. Collins left last night between 10 and 11 P.M. About midnight she was found to be on fire when near Malden.
Before the boat could be got ashore she was completely enveloped in flames, and 23 persons perished, either in the flames or the water.
Passengers missing:
DIBBLE, from somewhere in New York.
SAM'L POWEL, Cleveland.
LAWRENCE WHALON, Cleveland.
THO'S COOK, Pittsburg, R.R. Agent, Cleveland.
MRS. McNELLY, wife of a waiter.
MRS. WATROUS and child, Ashtabula (body of child recovered).
Also a colored man from Virginia.
Crew missing:
CHAS. ADAMS, barber.
J. McNELLY, waiter.
JOHN DENNIS, do.
H. N. WINKNER, do.
J. HALSTEAD, head do.
LYMAN POST, book-keeper.
MRS. LEWIS, cabin maid.
S. BROWN, fireman.
ANTHONY ELLEN, deck hand.
M. WICK, deck hand.
JOHN A. LYMAN.
J. GARNETT, colored cook.
NATHAN ROBINSON, do.
and one more wheelsman.
Crew saved:
H. J. JONES, Captain.
BARNEY LEVANY, Mate.
H. COLE, 2d do.
EZRA RUST, Engineer.
J. ROCKET, 2d do.
and 16 others.
Passengers saved:
A. P. ROGERS, Ashtabula.
A. X. CARY, G. Rapids, Mich.
J. D. PATTERSON, Westfield, N.Y.
GEO. W. FARR, Beeksville.
B. P. DUBOIS, Philadelphia.
H. M. EDSON, Vermillion, O.
O. MORLEY, Dalton.
E. POWERS, Cleveland.
B. McDONALD, do.
MISS L. SMITH, Ashtabula.
MRS. COOK, Cleveland.
MR. LEWIS MORRIS and Lady, Ann Arbor.
The Collins took fire in the boiler deck, and so rapidly was the spread of the flames that the passengers and crew who had mostly retired, were unable to save anything except a few articles of clothing. She took fire in the bay about a quarter of a mile below Malden, and nearly ahead of the light house. She was immediately headed for shore, but was unable to reach shallow water before the flames had complete possession of her.
The after part of the boat swung round into the river and nearly all on board were driven to that part of the boat, and were obliged to jump into the river.
The current here sets out very strongly into the lake, and had it not been for the timely arrival of the propeller Fintry, Capt. Langley, nearly all would have been drowned. Seeing the light, he hastened to the spot and had his boats all ready to let go as soon as he reached the vicinity; a few only reached the shore; nearly all who were saved were picked up by him; some were nearly exhausted; every thing that could be done to relieve the sufferers was done by the crew of the Fintry. Some wretch in the tumult store $280 from a sick man, who had been at the Sault, and which constituted the season's earnings, a purse of $25 was made up for him.
The Collins came out last Oct., and cost $105,000 and was insured for only $13,000; 5,000 in the Mercantile Mutual, N.Y.; 5,000 in the Aetna, N.Y.; 3,000 in the North Western, N.Y.
She was owned by the Wards.

The Oshkosh Courier Wisconsin 1854-10-18