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Type: Norwegian steamer ;
From News of the World of 14 Oct 1900
Accidents in the Mersey
A singular series of accidents occurred in the Mersey early yesterday morning. The Norwegian steamer Veritas was on Friday night in collision with the Leyland steamer Devonian. The crew of the Veritas were rescued, and unsuccessful efforts were made to beach the vessels on the Cheshire shore. Two tugs towed her across to the Liverpool side, when the cable parted, and the Veritas collided with the steamer Earl of Powys, breaking her from her moorings. Both drifted down the river. The Veritas crushed two thick iron booms stretched from the pear-head to St. George's landing-stage, and her funnel, masts, and everything above deck were carried away, further damage being only prevented by another large iron cable.
The Earl of Powys also drifted, smashed some of her boats, and lost her propeller, her crew escaping by leaping on the dock wall. The Veritas now lies submerged and a complete wreck. The damage is estimated at thousands of pounds. The south end of St. George's landing stage is extensively damaged and closed to pedestrian traffic.