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St. Lawrence (Barge), sunk, 6 Oct 1862


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Barge St. LAWRENCE, cargo lumber, when towing into Buffalo, took the ground and swung across the entrance of the harbor, where she settled on the bottom.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863 (Casualty List 1862)

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      The mouth of the Creek is now effectually closed by the hull of the old steamer St. LAWRENCE now used as a barge for lumber purpose. She was being towed to this port by the steamer MAGNET, from Saginaw laden with lumber and staves. The latter arrived off the mouth of the harbor last evening between nine and ten o'clock with her tow. By some mismanagement the wheelsman of the St. LAWRENCE let her bow strike the pier near the lighthouse, breaking a hole in her bow through which the water rushed in torrents. While in this position the bark FAME coming in struck her stern swinging her round and completely across the stream. A fleet of tugs and a steam pump are at work on the sunken vessel and will remove the obstruction as soon as possible.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Tuesday, October 7, 1862

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      SUNK. - The barge St. LAWRENCE, from Bay City, laden with 407,000 feet of lumber and 159,000 staves, when coming into the harbor on Monday night, grounded on the bar, sprang a leak, and swung around at right angles to the Light House Pier, and sunk between it and the North Pier, completely blocking the entrance to Buffalo Creek. The lumber and staves are being discharged into canal boats, and a wrecking pump is pumping her out. She will probably be raised today. Vessels and propellers in the meantime enter the harbor by the lower end of the North Pier.
      ALSO
      St. LAWRENCE SUNK. - The steamer St. LAWRENCE, whose hulk graced the Blackwell Canal for so long a time, has recently been brought into use in the lumber trade. On Monday night while trying to effect an entrance she sunk with her load at the mouth of the harbor, and now proves an effectual blockage of the port. She has
been in a dilapidated condition ever since she has been brought into requisition, and when she last left this city, she contained no less than six feet of water in her hold. Of course means will be taken immediately to remove this unweildly obstruction at the mouth of the harbor.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 8, 1862

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      REMOVED. - The unsightly hull of the old steamer St. LAWRENCE, thanks to the instrumentality of the tug ANNA C. DOBBINS was Wednesday night dragged from the mouth of the Creek where she lay for three days, and is at present lying in the Erie Basin where a steam pump is at work on her. The blockade of Buffalo is now raised.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Thursday, October 9, 1862

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      REMOVAL OF THE BLOCADE. - Three or four days ago the old steamer Sr. LAWRENCE sunk at the mouth of the harbor, having on board 1,000,000 feet of lumber. Her position was such as to make a complete blocade of the harbor, and two vessels were driven on the breakwater while she lay there. The sunken vessel was removed on Wednesday by the new propeller ANNA DOBBINS, Capt. John Rice, and towed into the Erie Basin. This is the first work done by the ANNA DOBBINS, the raising of the blocade of Buffalo Harbor is no small achievment. Yesterday morning, a large number of vessels previously harbor bound, took their departure almost simultaneously, presenting a splendid spectacle.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 10, 1862

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      The barge EMPIRE, formerly the mammoth steamer of that name, is now on the passage down from Saginawto this port with a huge pile of lumber being no less than 1,500,000 ft. The barge ST. LAWRENCE arrived here 7 years ago with 1,500,000 ft. of lumber, which is the largest cargo of lumber that has arrived here before or since. In entering our port, however, the ST. LAWRENCE came in contact with the breakwater, and was broken in two, her first and last cargo as a barge.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 6, 1869 3-4


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $1,200
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1862
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Local identifier:
McN.W.5206
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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St. Lawrence (Barge), sunk, 6 Oct 1862