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A Military Tragedy on Lake Erie

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Title:A Military Tragedy on Lake Erie
Landon, Fred   
(27 of 35 for author by title)
The Negro Migration to Canada After the Passing of the Fugitive Slave Act
Loss of the Western Reserve
Published:   1945
Publisher:Journal of Inland Seas, Volume I, #4
Tags:Canadiana, history, Ontario, tragedy, Upper Canada

Toward midnight of May 6, 1850, the steamer "Commerce" put out from the harbor of Port Maitland on the north shore of Lake Erie and soon after was in collision with the inbound steamer "Despatch". The "Commerce" sank in forty feet of water and forty-one lives were lost. The weather was clear, both vessels were displaying their lights and no entirely satisfactory explanation has ever been given for the accident. [Suggest a different description.]


Author Bio for Landon, Fred

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Fred Landon (1880-1969) was a Canadian historian. He worked as journalist and a librarian and then was hired by the University of Western Ontario. 25 years later he was Dean of graduate studies. Landon wrote books and articles on the history of early Ontario. Some of his notable articles studied the history of African Canadians in Upper Canada. (Ontario Historical Society)

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