The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Queen City (Steamboat), sunk, 13 Apr 1853

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QUEEN CITY Steamer, struck rocks going into Dunkirk and sunk, got up and repaired at Buffalo. Property loss $1,500
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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      We have received by the O'Rielly Western Telegraph the following:-
      Dunkirk, April 14 --9:30 A.M.
The QUEEN CITY is scuttled at the Light House. 300 passengers aboard

      Buffalo Daily Republic
      April 14, 1853

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      STEAMER QUEEN CITY SUNK. -- We learn that the steamer QUEEN CITY, with a cargo of flour and live stock, in endeavoring to get into Dunkirk on last Wednesday night, ran on a rock which lays in the channel, from which the buoy or dummy has been carried away, and sunk in about ten feet of water, lying across the channel so as to preveny other vessels from going in or out. The night was very foggy, which was undoubtedly the cause of Capt. Wilkins getting on to the rock, for we believe him to be a good sailor, and one who could get his boat into and out of even Dunkirk harbor without hitting the rocks, with anything like a fair chance for it. There was a very heavy sea running at the time. The boat is not much damaged.
      Since writing the above, we learn that the QUEEN has been helped off by the NIAGARA, and taken into port.
      Erie Observer
      Saturday, April 16, 1853

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Queen City (Steamboat), sunk, 13 Apr 1853