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America (Steamboat), aground, 12 Jan 1854

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AMERICA Steamer, stranded on the rocks in Dunkirk harbor. Property loss $10,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      Telegraphic News -- Steamer AMERICA -- O'Reilly's Line brings us bad news from the AMERICA at Dunkirk. We hope she may be relieved:
      Dunkirk, Jan. 12 -- 8 P. M. -- The steamer AMERICA, in attempting to enter this port about 3 o'clock this P. M., after getting inside the Bay, and about a quarter of a mile from the pier, ran into a sand bar, where she now lays, in a very dangerous situation. A strong wind is blowing from Southwest by West, and ice coming in. She is very near the breakwater and in danger of being driven on the piles.
      Cleveland Daily Forest City Democrat
      Friday, January 13, 1854

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      The AMERICA is scuttled and sunk in the harbor of Dunkirk. She is in great danger, but we still hope to see her and her gallant captain in the Cuyahoga once more.
      Cleveland Daily Forest City Democrat
      Saturday, January 14, 1854

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The Fredonia Censor of yesterday, says, " The steamer AMERICA ran on a rock inside the breakwater of Dunkirk Harbor, while coming in on Thursday night last and was scuttled. She had a full cargo of pork. She had not been got off yesterday." We always understood there were no rocks or impediments in the Dunkirk Harbor !
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, January 18, 1854

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The steamer AMERICA at Dunkirk, has been lighted up. Her cargo, mostly rolling freight and pork, is not much damaged.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, January 19, 1954

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      The steamer AMERICA.-- This steamer. on the rocks at Dunkirk, the Journal says has not reached the dock, owing to her leaky condition. Two steam pumps are to be procured, and endeavors will be made to float her, the first fair weather. Her freight, being mosatly rolling, and pork in the hog, was not much damaged.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      January 26, 1854

We learn that the steamer AMERICA is afloat -- Owing to the indomitable energy of Capt. Stafford, she was raised on Tuesday at Dunkirk. As soon as the ice will permit, she will be taken into dry dock and repaired. The AMERICA, we learn, was not as badly injured as was stated, or as was feared. Her leaks can be easily repaired.
      Cleveland Daily Forest City Democrat
      Saturday, March 4, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: pork
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
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America (Steamboat), aground, 12 Jan 1854