The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Genesee Chief (Propeller), U10243, collision, 1 May 1847

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Propeller GENESEE CHIEF, came in collision with the Schooner CUBA, on Lake Ontario, below Niagara, May 1847 and sunk the wheat laden schooner.
      Buffalo Daily Courier (1847 casualty list)
      March 17, 1848

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RUN DOWN. -- The St. Catharines Journal states that a schooner laden with wheat was run down in the night below Niagara, by the propeller GENESEE CHIEF. Vessel soon sank; no lives lost. Name of craft not given.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, May 19, 1847

" On her second trip down the lakes the GENESEE CHIEF ran into and sunk a schooner loaded with grain and the vessel, cargo and all on board of her were lost. On arriving at her destination the propeller was tied up and her owners were compelled to pay $16,000 damages. This ended her run on the lower lake route; she was soon after sold to parties on Lake Erie, and during her long career she was remarkably successful, and few steamers have earned their proprietors more money than did the GENESEE CHIEF."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 27, 1868 3-5
      Steamer GENESEE CHIEF. U. S. No. 10243. Of 441.79 tons, Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1867

Steam screw GENESEE CHIEF.* U. S. No. 10243. Of 429 tons. Built Carthage, N.Y., 1846. First Home port, Rochester, N.Y.
      * Rig changed to barge Sept. 5, 1868
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List. 1790 - 1868

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
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Genesee Chief (Propeller), U10243, collision, 1 May 1847