The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Moonbeam (Scow), 15 Jun 1896

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At 10:30 last night the yacht ALEX SLOAN, having in tow the scow MOONBEAM, with an excursion party who called themselved the Manhattan Sports aboard, in turning from the Erie Basin into the creek, ran into the dock on the sea wall. A loud crash was heard, and the police yacht, fearing that the boat would sink, hastened to the scene. All was commotion aboard the SLOAN and the scow. The excurionists, all more or less hazy from drink, were stumbling about trying to find out what was the matter. The confusion was such that no one seemed to know who was captain.
      During the excitement one of the excursionists fell overboard. He was very drunk and was at the point of drowning when a life preserver was thrown from the police yacht. At the same moment the man made what apparently would have been his last stroke and reached the stern of the scow and was lifted out by some of his comrades.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 15, 1896 10-3

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Moonbeam (Scow), 15 Jun 1896