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Hendrick Hudson (Steamboat), burnt, 21 May 1860

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Steamer HENDRICK HUDSON, burned at Cleveland.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty list, 1860)

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      About 3:00 yesterday morning, during a severe thunder storm, the
old steamboat HENDRICK HUDSON, lying in the old river bed, at
Otis & Co.'s Rolling Mill, was discovered to be on fire. It was
thought by policemen on the beat, and the watchman at the rolling
mill, that she was struck by lightning. The boat had long been out
of service, and was as dry as a chip. She consequently burned
rapidly, and before the firemen could reach the spot, was too far
gone to be extinguished. She had been taken to this position on
Saturday to be torn to pieces for the iron.
      The boat was owned by Mr. F.G. Stone, he having purchased her
from Mr. G.W. Jones, who built her in Black River in 1846. Mr.
Stone's loss is about $400; no insurance; Otis & Co's Mill was
partially burned, loss about $500.
      The HUDSON formerly ran between Cleveland and Buffalo, but
for years has lain idle.
      Cleveland Leader
      May 22, 1860 1-3

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      The Steamer "HENDRICK HUDSON" Struck By Lightning And Burned Up.
      About 3 o'clock this morning, says the Cleveland Plaindealer of last evening
during the violent shower, the old steamer HENDRICK HUDSON lying in the
river near Whiskey Island, was struck by lightning and burned up. The flames
communicated to the warehouse attached to Otis & Co.'s rolling mill, entirely
destroying that building.
The steamer HENDRICK HUDSON was the leading boat between Cleveland
and Buffalo some ten years ago, and was thought to be something very grand in
her day. She was condemned some time since, and had lately been purchased by
a Mr. Stone, who designed tearing her to pieces for old iron. He paid $1,200 for
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, May 22, 1860

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Hendrick Hudson (Steamboat), burnt, 21 May 1860