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Potomac (Propeller), U19618, sunk, 11 Sep 1884

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POTOMAC Propeller. Home port, Buffalo. On Sept. 2, 1884 Propeller sunk at Buffalo, with a cargo of coal; Raised, hull loss $1,500. Cargo loss $300. Insurance $21,000
      Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald Nov. 28th. 1884

While taking a cargo of coal at the Lehigh shutes yesterday the prop. POTOMAC sprang a leak aft and began to fill rapidly. A canal tug was set to pumping her out, but the water gained upon the pumps until the propeller sank alongside the dock. She had about 3/4 of her cargo in. Preparations have already been made for raising her. The POTOMAC was built in 1855 at Cleveland and is owned by Louisa Wex of Buffalo. She rates B1 and has for some time been engaged in the lumber trade.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 12, 1884 5-6

The prop. POTOMAC, which went down at the Lehigh shutes last evening with about 1,000 tons of coal, including fuel on board, was yesterday the scene of active operations. She lies in an upright position, with her decks about 3 ft. under water. Capt. Michael Carr, the diver, was at work yesterday making the vessel's hatches tight preparatory to putting Capt. Maytham's heavy steam pumps at work on her. It is expected that they will free her without patching the hull. It was thought that the pumps would get at work early last evening. No attempt has been made to discover the cause of the leak. As soon as she is afloat she will be brought down to Hefford's dock and the coal taken out of her, whe she will go into drydock. The cargo is owned by the Lehigh company and is insured. As to responsibility in such accidents it seems to be generally heldthat if the POTOMAC had gone down from simply straining she would be pronounced unseaworthy and he held for the loss, but if she has settled on on obstruction and was thus set to leaking the occurrance would be considered an ordinary accident and the companies would be holden.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 13, 1884 5-6

Spite of the efforts to put the prop. POTOMAC afloat, she still lies on the bottom at the Lehigh coal dock in the Blackwell, where she went down on Thursday evening. Her leaks appear to have been more serious than was at first supposed. Today an examination of her hull will be made by divers, and on their making the vessel as tight as possile the pumping will proceed.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 15, 1884 8-3

The prop. POTOMAC was still at hefford's dock yesterday taking off her coal preparatory to going into drydock.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 20, 1884 5-6

The prop. POTOMAC is in the Union Drydock recaulking.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 23, 1884 8-2

Steam screw POTOMAC. U. S. No. 19618. Of 1108.35 tons gross; 858.53 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1855. Home port, Buffalo, N,Y. 210.5 x 33.7 x 12.6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $300
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Potomac (Propeller), U19618, sunk, 11 Sep 1884