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158 years later: The PS Lady Elgin -- the deadliest Great Lakes shipwreck
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158 years later: The PS Lady Elgin -- the deadliest Great Lakes shipwreck
158 years later: The PS Lady Elgin -- the deadliest Great Lakes shipwreck
New Great Lakes regulations were created after more than 300 people died

By Dane Sager Kelly
Posted: 9:09 PM, September 06, 2018
Updated: 9:09 PM, September 06, 2018

DETROIT - On Sept. 8, 1860, the PS Lady Elgin collided with the schooner Augusta, resulting in the deaths of more than 300 people.

The Lady Elgin was built in New York in 1851 for $95,000, which would be about $3 million in 2018.

The Lady Elgin proved popular, regularly selling out trips across all five Great Lakes.

On Sept. 7, 1860, Lady Elgin left Chicago for Milwaukee, returning members of Milwaukee's Union Guard who went to Chicago for a campaign rally.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, the Augusta of Oswego collided with the Lady Elgin, creating a hole below the waterline. The captain ordered cattle and cargo to be thrown overboard to lighten the ship in an attempt to raise the hole above the waterline.

Within 20 minutes, the Lady Elgin broke apart and sank. A lifeboat was lowered into the water unsecured, and it floated away before anyone could board it.


Lady Elgin Shipwreck Lake Michigan

The Lost Forty - "Lost on the Lady Elgin"

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