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F. W. Backus (Propeller), leak, 25 Apr 1852

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Propeller F.W. BACKUS, sprang a leak on Lake Ontario, cargo flour, discharged cargo and hauled out at Niagara, and discharged again at Genesee and repaired, then proceeded
to Ogdensburg. Property loss $5,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

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      A PROPELLER IN JEOPARDY. -- We are informed by Capt. Spencer, of Charlotte, says the Rochester Advertiser of the 27th inst., that the propeller F. W. BACKUS, Capt. Langley, put into that place yesterday afternoon in a sinking condition -- having some four feet of water in the hold. She was laden with flour and leather. The boat was from Detroit, and bound for Ogdensburg, and happly made the harbor in time to prevent her from going down. There was some 2,600 barrels of flour on board.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, April 28, 1852

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Reason: leak
Freight: flour, leather
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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F. W. Backus (Propeller), leak, 25 Apr 1852