Propellel MONTEZUMA, sprang a leak and water-loggeg on Lake Erie, jetted deck load, and damaged cargo of corn. Property loss $8,000.
Buffalo Morning Express
December 25, 1852 (casualty list)
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ACCIDENT ON THE LAKE. - The propeller MONTEZUMA, Capt. Davis, sprung a leak last evening when between Ashtabula and Conneaut, the wind blowing a hard gale at the time. When first discovered there were nearly two feet of water in the hold, which, in spite of the utmost exertions of the crew, was found to gain upon them rapidly. The fires were soon extinguished, and finding it impossible to make any port, Capt. Davis ordered the deck load to be thrown overboard. Some 400 barrels of flour, 85 barrels of whiskey, 20 casks and several boxes of tobacco, a number of bales of wool, and other property, were accordingly cast over. The propeller was drifting rapidly towards the beach, and had approached very near the shore before the exertions of the crew in bailing and pumping had so far reduced the water as to permit the fires to be rekindled. The men labored all night at the pumps, and the propeller reached this port this morning. The property thrown overboard was consigned to Messrs. G. S. Hazard, Buckingham & Guthrie, and others, and was insured. A quantity of corn consigned to Mr. D. N. Tuttle, and Walter & Clarke, also insured, was damaged by the water. - - - Commercial of Saturday
Buffalo Daily Courier
Monday, June 28, 1852
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