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Chief Justice Robinson (Steamboat), aground, 6 Feb 1855

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Steamer CHIEF JUSTICE ROBINSON, (B), ashore on Van Every's Point, L.O. Got off. Property loss $500.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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The stmr. CHIEF JUSTICE, of the lower lake, went ashore on Van Every's Point, two and a half miles from the Hunber, on Tuesday night last during the storm. Fortunately the passengers were all landed, with their luggage. It is said that some apprehensions are entertained that the vessel cannot be got off, but we hope they will prove groundless. She is owned by Capt. Dick and Mr.Heron, of Niagara, and is not insured. Value about $4,000. She had about 12 tons of goods on board, which are supposed to be uninsured.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, February 12, 1855

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      STEAMER CHIEF JUSTICE. - The Toronto Colonist of the 10th says ; we are happy to be able to state that the steamer CHIEF JUSTICE was released from her dangerous position about ten o'clock yesterday morning, by the combined efforts of the steamers ZIMMERMAN and WELLAND, and was brought to the Queen's Wharf, where she now lies, having sustained so little damage by the accident, that she resumed her regular trips this morning. We are informed that she did not leak in the least during the time she lay aground.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, February 13, 1855


      NIAGARA, February 14. - - The Steamer CHIEF JUSTICE, is aground near the wharf, a good deal of freight is aboard and four feet water in the hold. The steamer ZIMMERMAN has gone to her relief and has taken off her passengers for
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, February 16, 1855

NOTE - the Democracy article dated Feb. 14, likely refers to her going aground in the Niagara River AFTER the Van Every's Point accident.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Chief Justice Robinson (Steamboat), aground, 6 Feb 1855