The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Ice-Bound Fleet
Evening Courier & Republic (Buffalo, NY), 7 May 1867

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THE ICE-BOUND FLEET. -- Buffalo harbor is still firmly barricaded. Now and then a vessel more fortunate than the others happens to strike a channel through the ice and makes port, but each day adds to the number of luckless crafts in sight of the harbor, but unable to get in. The north channel is entirely blocked up, and some twenty-six sail of vessels, all bound for Buffalo, which took refuge in Port Colborne harbor, are unable to get out, Gravelly bay being completely closed. The propeller Merchant, bound down from Chicago, came in sight at five o'clock Sunday afternoon, and stuck fast in the ice about three miles out where she now lies.

The schooner Farleigh, with staves from Port Huron, which went on arrive in the Emerald channel, was pulled off, Sunday evening, by tugs O. L. Swift and J. C. Bryant[ed: probably Sarah E. Bryant], and brought into port without having suffered any damage. The schooner Oneida Chief, while being towed into port by tugs Lilly Clifford and P. P. Pratt, struck on the reef but was got off without damage and brought in yesterday morning. The brig Concord was brought in by the O. L. Swift; schooner C. C. Griswold by tug Lilly Clifford. Propellors Burlington and Free State came in yesterday forenoon, the former having been in sight of port nearly two weeks. last evening the bark Kate Darley, and schooner Gallatin, were brought in by the tugs Bryant and Harrison; brig Lucy J. Clark and the schooner Swallow by tug A. M. Ball; bark J. R. Bentley by tugs Gardiner and Perew; all grain laden. The Kate Darley is minus her jib-boom having it carried away in a gale on Lake Huron. The Lucy J. Clark, in hauling alongside the Richmond Elevator, carried away her fore-top-sail yard.

The propellor kentucky, while being towed in by the tug Dragon, went on the Horseshoe reef. She will probably be got off to-day.--The O. L. Swift, while bringing in the Kate Darley broke her wheel.

The tug J. C. Bryant will take out provisions to the schooner Columbia to-day, and will visit several other vessels that are supposed to be short.

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The Ice-Bound Fleet