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J. Y. Scammon (Brig), collision &c., 1 May 1851

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Brig J.Y. SCAMMON, ran back into Buffalo with the loss of all her canvas, May 1, 1851.
      Casualty List for 1851
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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The Brig J.Y. SCAMMON left here yesterday morning bound west, and had made a
offing and was squaring away before the wind, under full canvas, when the gale struck her. She put about and made for port, and before she got fairly inside, the wind had torn her canvas into shreds. In coming up the Creek, she ran afoul the Canal Boat BLUE BELLE. A man named Hiram Burbane, a passenger on the canal boat was coming out of the cabin at the time of the collision, and was caught between the fore chains of the Brig and the wale of the boat, and had both legs broken and dreadfully mangled. It is thought that he cannot survive.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Friday, May 2, 1851

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DISTRESSING CASUALTY.- The Brig J.Y. SCAMMON, which was driven back by the gale yesterday morning, came into port with such force that the casting of both her anchors was unavailing to check her progress, and she ran afoul of the canal boat BLUE BELL. Just at that moment a man named Oscar Burbank, from Haverhill, N.H. was coming out of the cabin of the boat, and was so crushed between the brig and canal boat as to break both of his legs, mangling them in a most horrid manner, and otherwise injuring him so much that he cannot possibly survive.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 2, 1851

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May 1, 1851. - Brig J.Y. SCAMMON, disabled near Buffalo - ran back and killed one man. Property loss, $414
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

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      A GALE. - The wind commenced blowing furiously from the west this morning about 10 o'clock. In the course of two hours the water in the harbor raised three feet above its ordinary level. The water in the canal at noon was about three inches over the tow-path and rising. The shipping in the harbor has sustained much damage in the loss of sails and rigging.
      ITS EFFECT. - The brig J.Y. SCAMMON cleared from this port this morning, but was compelled to put back on account of the severity of the pending gale. On entering the harbor she dropped both anchors, which, however, did not check her progress, when she ran into the canal boat BLUE BELLE. A passenger named Hiram Burbanks, aged 18 years, was just emerging from the camin when the brig struck the bow of the boat. Mr. Burbank's legs became entangled in the forechains, breaking the left leg about the knee, and horribly lacerating the right leg from the knee to the thigh, laying open the flesh and exposing the bone. He was taken to Bennet's Temperance House and medical attendence called. The damage to the canal boat will probably exceed two hundred dollars.
      During the squall which the SCAMMON encountered, her top galland sail was rent to ribbins, besides suffering other damage to the amount of $150
      No blame can be attached to Capt. Peterson, of the brig. He used every exertion to avoid the catastrophe.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, May 1, 1851

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Reason: collision &c.
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $414
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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J. Y. Scammon (Brig), collision &c., 1 May 1851