Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buckeye State (Steamboat), aground, 9 Jun 1855
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Steamer BUCKEYE STATE, ashore on Point Abino, Lake Erie, pulled off by the U.S. Steamer MICHIGAN. Property loss $4,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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STEAMER BUCKEYE STATE. -This favorite steamer on her trip from Detroit to this port on Saturday morning in a dense fog ran ashore on the upper side of Point Abino. The Captain and both of his officers were on deck at the time, one of them heaving the lead. The steamer was "feeling" her way along very slowly, and when she brought up, but few of those on board noticed any sudden jar. The water above the point is several fathoms deep, until within a few rods of the beach, which is quite rocky. The BUCK EYE apparently ran on to the rock, and then slid up, leaving her bow some two feet out. At her stern there was some twelve feet water, and ten feet immediately abaft her wheels. The fog was so heavy, that they were unable to see the land for some time after they went ashore. The Clerk and three or four of the men came down in the small boat, and the tug ECHO was sent up to the steamer's assistance.
The steamer EMPIRE STATE on her way down, stopped and attempted to haul the BUCKEYE off, but parted all her lines, and being unable to render any assistance, came on down. The efforts of the tug, were also of no avail, and she brought down the passengers. Capt. Gossick, who was on the steamer, was seriously injured by being struck by a line which parted. Capt. Gager, of the tug, was also badly hurt.
The propeller FALCON was sent up about noon, and made several ineffectual attempts to get her off, though she slewed her round considerably. She parted several lines, and on the last pull tore out the BUCKEYE's snubbing posts,
demolishing her bulwarks and starting her rudder. A couple of lines were then passed through the steamer dead lights, and made fast to the keelson. By this time it was dark, and the FALCON returned to port. Captain Nicholas of the
United States Steamer MICHIGAN was applied to, to go to the BUCKEYE's assistance, and he immediately fired up and reached Point Abino on Saturday evening and anchored.
Yesterday morning the wind, which was blowing fresh down the lake raised the water, and the MICHIGAN took hold of the BUCKEYE and hauled her off. She passed down the river yesterday about noon, for Black Rock, owing to the damage done to her rudder, she was probably unable to come in here. She has sustained no material injury and will go into dry dock today, and take her palce in the line immediately. No blame whatever is attached to Capt. Andrews or his officers by the agents of the line, or others acquainted with the facts, as no human foresight could have prevented the accident.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, June 11, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
William R. McNeil
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Buckeye State (Steamboat), aground, 9 Jun 1855