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Columbus (Steamboat), sunk, 28 Mar 1848


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Steamer COLUMBUS, in attempting to get into Dunkirk, ran onto a reef near the piers, stove a hole in her and filled with water. March 1848.
      Casualty List for 1848
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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Steamer COLUMBUS, wrecked on Dunkirk Piers, Lake Erie. Total loss. Property loss $10,000.
      Casualty List for 1848
      Toronto Globe
      September 13, 1848

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      ACCIDENT TO THE COLUMBUS. - We learn from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, of Saturday, that the Steamboat DE WITT CLINTON, which arrived at that port on Saturday morning, reported the COLUMBUS, Capt. McQueen, as ashore since Thursday on the pier at Dunkirk. It is apprehended that she nust be a wreck, unless she was got off before the blow last night.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, April 5, 1848

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      THE WRECK OF THE STEAMER COLUMBUS. - This steamer which was commanded by Capt. McQueen, according to the Fredonia Cencor, of April 4th., in attempting to make Dunkirk harbor on Thursday last, ran upon the submerged pier or break water close by the channel, and remained there until Friday evening, though every effort had been made to get her off. When dislodged she swung outside, and filled so rapidly, that it was impossible to kindle fires, and she sunk in from 8 to 10 feet water. At our last accounts, up to yesterday forenoon, it was thought she would go to pieces. The engine will probably be saved. She is owned by D.C.M. Goodsell, of Detroit, and is 13 years old.
      We are assured that no blame can be attached to the Captain or his officers. The top of a portion of the pier was carried away some time since, and a buoy placed over the sunken pier, as a beacon. The buoy having been washed away, it is easy to see how the accident would naturally happen, even with the most prudent navigator,
      Buffalo Republic
      Thursday, April 6, 1848

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      STEAMER COLUMBUS. - This boat which went aground on the pier at Dunkirk week before last, still remains there. Most of her machinery, we learn has been taken out. An attempt will be made to get her off, under the superintendence of Mr. Goodsell of Detroit.
      Buffalo Republic
      Thursday, April 13, 1848

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      STEAMBOAT COLUMBUS. --- Various attempts have been made to get the COLUMBUS afloat at Dunkirk but without success and efforts have since been made to get out the engine. The Fredonia Censor says she was not insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday Evening, April 19, 1848

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      The schooner JOSEPHINE, Capt. Harrison, as we learn from the Fredonia Censor, was wrecked at Dunkirk, just inside the beacon. She was attempting to make the harbor, and when entering the channel, encountered the fragments of the steamer COLUMBUS, which at that moment went to pieces and fell into the schooner's way. She was reported as leaking badly, at last accounts.
The COLUMBUS is now among the things that were. But a small portion of her machinery has been saved.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, April 26, 1848

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The steamer FASHION in attempting to make Dunkirk Harbor, ran upon the sunken
wreck of the COLUMBUS, receiving considerable injury.
      Hamilton Spectaror & Journal
      November 11, 1848

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Steam paddle COLUMBUS. Of 391 tons. Built Huron, Ohio, 1835. First home port, Cleveland, Ohio. - Lost 1848
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
     
     

NOTE. - The engine of the COLUMBUS was put in the ANTHONY WAYNE (see casualty of ANTHONY WAYNE, April 28, 1850.)



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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1848
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Local identifier:
McN.W.9014
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Columbus (Steamboat), sunk, 28 Mar 1848