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Huron (Steamboat), sunk, 19 May 1855


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Steamer HURON, (C) struck bottom in Oswego Harbor, filled and sunk. Cargo 400 barrels flour. Property loss $18,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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      Oswego, May 21. - The Canadian steamer HURON loaded with 4,000 barrels of flour for Montreal, while leaving our harbor on Saturday night, ran against the island at the entrance of the harbor, filled and sunk to the main deck. Cargo will be mostly saved in a damaged state.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 22, 1855

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      Marine Accident. - Steamer HURON Sunk.
      The steamer HURON with a cargo of some 4,000 barrels of flour for Montreal, in attempting to go out of our harbor about twelve o'clock on Saturday night, met with a serious misfortune. The night was very thick with fog, and the Captain was advised by experienced men not to attempt to go out till daylight.
But he made the attempt, and after winding, ran down with her bow hard on the head of the island. The current then carried her round broad side across the channel, bringing her stern in violent collision with the schooner NEW WORLD, stove a large hole in her own hull and she immediately began to fill.
The schooner was broke loose and came in collision with a canal boat and both floated out into the Lake. The steamer then floated down a few rods and sunk in the main channel, near the west dock. The schooner and boat were brought in by the tugs in the morning, both being considerably damaged. Some ten or twelve hundred barrels of the steamer's cargo were wet.
A schooner and canal boats were got along side and the steamer discharged as soon as possible, and preparations were in operation to raise her yesterday afternoon. It was very imprudent in the Captain to attempt to go out. He was a stranger to the harbor, the steamer was deeply laden, the night was dark and foggy, and none but an experienced navigator of the harbor should have thought of going out. The damage is variously estimated from $4,000 to $8,000 - partially insured.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tues., May 22, 1855

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The steamer HURON has not been raised yet, although men are hard at work upon her. She lies in the channel, and the steamers land for the present at the foot of Water street. The Huron will be raised, however, in the course of a day or two.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wed., May 23, 1855

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The Canadian steamer HURON bound from Oswego to Montreal, in leaving Oswego on Monday last, the current running pretty swift, in swinging round the Island her keel touched bottom carrying away the after end of her keel and whole of her stern post and rudder. She immediately sunk in a little over 10 feet water. She had on 4,000 bbls. flour, 1,800 of which were damaged.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, May 23, 1855

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STEAMER HURON. -This vessel, so unfortunate on Saturday night last in leaving our harbor, was raised last evening, and towed round to Mr. Bakers dry-dock, on which she will be hauled, it is thought, this afternoon. She was raised by means of sinking boats under and lighting her sufficient to place a jacket over the leaks, when the pumps soon cleared her of water. The damage to the vessel is comparatively slight, and she will soon be put in running order again. Capt. William Morgan of the North Western Insurance Company, has Superintended the raising of the HURON, using the Company's steam pump, together with two belonging to the Mutual Insurance Company of Buffalo.--------Oswego Journal
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 28, 1855

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: flour
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1855
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Local identifier:
McN.W.796
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Huron (Steamboat), sunk, 19 May 1855