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Golden Gate (Steamboat), aground, 29 Nov 1856


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Steamer GOLDEN GATE, cargo flour, hides and tallow &c., sprang a leak on Lake Erie, put back to Erie, grounded on 'bar' and went to pieces. One life lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      LOSS OF THE GOLDEN GATE. - The steamer GOLDEN GATE, running between Dunkirk and Detroit, went ashore on the bar at Erie Saturday morning, while trying to make that port. It was snowing heavily at the time, and the wind was blowing a gale. She broke in two and is fast going to pieces. It was impossible to get a life-boat to her.
Four persons reached the shore, one of whom has died. A later dispatch says all persons on the GOLDEN GATE were saved, with the exception of the one previously reported.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, December 1, 1856

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      Capt. Davison, writing from Erie, in reference to the wreck of the steamer GOLDEN GATE, says that Capt. Travis informed him that she commenced going to pieces outside, and that the Captain was obliged to take his chances of getting in Erie or going down with all on board, in deep water. It is supposed that about half the cargo will be saved. The boat is a total wreck, and has all gone to pieces except a portion of the hull, which is held together by the engine. She was an old boat, entirely unseaworthy, and as the facts prove, the folly of keeping her in commission was criminal, to say the least.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 2, 1856

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Erie, Nov. 29.- The Steamer GOLDEN GATE, running between Detroit and Dunkirk went ashore on the bar this morning, while endeavoring to enter this port during a heavy snow storm, and while a terrific gale of wind was blowing. She soon parted in the middle and went to pieces. It was impossible for a life-boat to reach her. Her officers and crew
succeeded in gaining the shore, but one of them shortly afterwards died.
      Albany (N.Y.) Courier & Journal
      December 6, 1856

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      Capt. Van Norman of the wrecking schooner CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL, leaves tomorrow for South Manitou, where his vessel is lying. He will first take off the coal left by the St. ANDREW on North Manitou, after which he will proceed with the MARSHALL to Erie, Pa., to fill a contract which he had recently made to remove the machinery of the
steamer GOLDEN GATE, which now obstructs Erie Harbor.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 14, 1858

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GOLDEN GATE Steamer of 770 tons, built at Buffalo N.Y. in 1852. Burnt at Erie, Pa., November 29, 1856. Total loss, with one life lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 - 1868 Lytle - Holdcamper List

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $30,000
Freight: flour, hides, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2873
Language of Item:
English
  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Golden Gate (Steamboat), aground, 29 Nov 1856