The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Usbelhoer's Sand Barge (Barge), 1883

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The first point visited was the scene of the wreck of the sand barge, owned by Nicholas Ushelhour (?), which, just a month ago, on her way from Pt. Abino sprang a leak and sank about 800 ft. nor-nor-west of the outer end of the lighthuse pier. The exact location of the wreck was descried by a slight ripple on the otherwise smooth surface of the water. Soundings revealed the fact that the vessel was about 3 fathoms under water and on a muddy bottom. Since the scow was wrecked a number of vessels have struck her, carrying away pieces, and in most instances injuring themselves from $200 to $500 worth, and yet it still remains a serious obstruction to navigation. Tows of vessels especially, both in coming in and going out of the harbor have a tendency to sag down with the current to the mouth of the breakwater onto the shoals off the Erie Basin breakwater to the great risk of life and property.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 20, 1883 p.4

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William R. McNeil
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Usbelhoer's Sand Barge (Barge), 1883