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C. W. Armstrong (Propeller), U5219, burst boiler, 24 Jun 1856

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Tug C.W. ARMSTRONG, burst her boiler in Erie harbour June 1856. Property loss, hull $2,500.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      EXPLOSION OF THE C.W. ARMSTRONG. - A telegraph was received in this city yesterday stating that the propeller C.W. ARMSTRONG, which left this harbor some weeks since, while at Erie, Pa., exploded her boiler, causing great destruction but fortunately, no personal injury. The ARMSTRONG was manned by ex-Police officers E.P. Hale and Wm. Sickles, and was, we judge, on her way to Chicago. The loss falls heavily on the owners. - Albany Argus
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, June 27, 1856

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      On the 24th. ult, the tug C.W. ARMSTRONG, from Albany, burst her boiler while lying along side the pier at Erie. At the time of the occurrence, the pier was crowded with people, and although the boiler jumped clear out of her hold, and flew over the pier, dropping into the lake on the other side, yet strange to relate, no person was seriously injured, nor was the hull of the tug damaged to any extent. The deck, of course was taken out, and the splinters flew pretty thick, but this was about all.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, July 8, 1856

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Steam screw C.W. ARMSTRONG. U. S. No. 5219. Of 31 tons gross. Built Albany, N.Y., 1856. First home port, Albany, N.Y. - DISPOSITION. -- Lost Jan. 14, 1879
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Reason: burst boiler
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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C. W. Armstrong (Propeller), U5219, burst boiler, 24 Jun 1856