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Gazette (Schooner), collision, 1 May 1851

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GAZETTE Schooner, was run into by the propeller SAGINAW, within the Harbor of the Erie Basin at Buffalo, May 1, 1851, the GAZETTE had her jib-boom carried away. The SAGINAW was disabled at the time, having struck the pier in entering, which broke her wheel.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Friday, May 2, 1851

We were visited yesterday by a gale of greater severity than has occurred on the lakes since 1844. Its approach was not indicated by the barometer, and hence it caught our shipping outside unprepared and we fear involved a severe loss of property if not of life.
The morning was cloudy and chilly, with a light wind from the northward and eastward. at about 10 o'clock it chopped round, and blew from the west south west with great force accompanied with snow hail and rain. It continued blowing with great fury throughout the day and during the forepart of last night .The sudden change of wind brought a great volume of water into our harbor, covering the low lands, filling the cellars and nearly submerging the docks, the extent of the damage to property in the vicinity of the harbor it is impossible to ascertain but it is quite severe.
The following disasters to shipping have fallen under our notice.
The prop. SAGINAW, which left on Wednesday evening for Detroit, encountered the gale with in four miles of Erie. She worked for four hours to make that port, and finding it impossible to make any headway against the wind and sea, put about and ran back. In coming in, just before dark last evening, she broached to, and run her stem on the south pier. Her machinery became deranged in backing, and she fell off against the pier of the Erie Basin, carrying away part of her wheel. The engine was put in motion again, and with the aid of her jib she ran inside. She then became unmanageably again, and ran foul of the schooner GAZETTE, carrying away her jibboom. She then cane in contact with a little steamer at the Railroad Docks, using her rather severely, and then passed up the Creek, turning three times round before she reached safe moorings, below the foot of Commercial Street.
Buffalo Morning Express
      May 2, 1851

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    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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Gazette (Schooner), collision, 1 May 1851