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Relief (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jul 1860

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RELIEF Propeller, damaged by fire in Erie Canal.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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LOSS OF A STEAM TUG BY FIRE - Yesterday afternoon the small tug RELIEF, owned by some parties on Grand Island, was burned in the Canal, near the foot of York Street. She was on her way to this city, when the fire was first discovered in the wood pile on her deck. There were two buckets on board, but in the excitement of the moment, one of the crew, in dipping water, lost one overboard, and the fire gained so fast on them, the persons on board run the tug for shore and jumped off.
She was entirely destroyed, with a loss of some $4,000
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, July 18, 1860

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $800
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.10979 Longitude: -76.43105
William R. McNeil
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Relief (Propeller), burnt, 1 Jul 1860