Propeller MANHATTAN, got foul of pier making Cleveland Harbor, bilged and filled.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)
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The prop. MANHATTAN, laden with 125 barrles of salt, left Buffalo Friday morning for this port, and in entering the harbor on Saturday morning, was carried by the heavy seas from the northeast and the current , against the piles of the west pier, which soon made holes in her bottom, and she rapidly filled. She is insured, $5,000 in the Aetna, and $5,000 in the Star Insurance Companies.
A large crowd assembled on the government pier at the mouth of the river on Saturday afternoon, the news having spread that 2 vessels were afloat in the harbor and in danger of being sunk. It appears that the vessels, the SONORA and the ROBERT BRUCE attempted entering the harbor about the same time. They were both loaded deep and the BRUCE went aground near the east pier and immediately after the SONORA was carried by the sea against
the prop. MANHATTAN which had sunk against the west pier the previous night, and coming up with a turn ran her bowsprit into the canvas of the BRUCE. The sea was running high at the time, and there was imminent danger to both vessels. The waves finally forced them within the bar, the SONORA lying square across the harbor, her bow rigging afoul of the BRUCE. As the crowd gathered on the quays to the number of nearly a thousand persons, the scene was, for a few moments, an exciting one. the more so as two more vessels appeared a few miles out , evidently
manuvering to enter. A banner was forthwith procured , and the vessels outside signalled of the danger. After repeated and laborius exertions, the SONORA and BRUCE were seperated, but not without severe damage to both. The ROBERT BRUCE had her fore boom, fore gaff and jibboom carried away, and her canvas very badly torn, and also sprung a leak. The SONORA lost her bowsprit and head piece, and received other considerable injuries. After they
were seperated the signal was removed, and the vessels outside came in in good style, one of them the HAMPTON, being loaded deep, just grazed the bar, but passed steadily in. The other, the WELLINGTON, followed and having little or no load, entered safely. When will the general government do justice to Cleveland harbor?
December 1, 1856 3-2
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PROPELLER MANHATTAN. - This morning, says the Clevelang Herald of Saturday, about four o'clock, the propeller MANHATTAN, Capt. Edward Turner, acting master, in coming in from below, was thrown against the west pier, upon the old spiling which has now been removed, and is under water, and which holds her fast. The sea is slowly beaking up her main deck, projecting over her stern. She can doubtless be got off when pumped out, but the sea is rolling too heavy from the northward now (noon. to allow anything to be done. She had in but 150 bbls of salt to Butts, is insured for $10,000, and is owned by Bacon & Spalding.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Monday, December 1, 1856
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Cleveland, Nov. 29. - The Propeller MANHATTAN, while attempting to enter this port while the storm was raging this morning, ran on the pier and became a total wreck. She was an old boat, owned here, and was insured for $10,000. No lives lost.
Albany (N.Y.) Courier & Journal
December 6, 1856
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