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Bunker Hill (Steamboat), burnt, 1 Sep 1851

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BUNKER HILL Steamer, was burned to the waters edge on Monday night about 1 o'clock, while lying at the dock at Tonawanda. A vessel lying near her was also damaged some by the fire, and we understand that it was with considerable exertion that the large warehouse was saved from burning. The BUNKER HILL was owned by the Cleveland and Tonawanda Company, and was used for towing vessels up the river. There was no insurance on the boat.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Wednesday, September 3, 1851

NOTE:- The vessel which was also damaged was the Schr. T.P. HANDY

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September 2, 1851. - Steamer BUNKER HILL, burned at Tonawanda, a total loss. Property loss, $6,000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

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BUNKER HILL, Steamer of 457 tons, built 1837 at Charleston, Ohio. First home port, Cleveland. Burnt at Tonawanda September 2, 1851, a total loss
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 - 1868 Lytle-Holdcamper List

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      Police Chief Ellicott And George Houck Of
      Tonawanda Have Narrow Escape From Drowning .
      Tonawanda, Oct. 27. - While searching for the bodies of the two women, recently drowned, Chief of Police Ellioct and George Houck had a narrow escape from drowning near La Salle yesterday afternoon. They were in a launch owned by Mr. Houck and the boat ran upon the submerged wreck of the schooner, BUNKER HILL. The wreck tore a hole in the bottom of the launch, which sank so rapidly the men were compelled to wade part way to the shore and drag the boat with them.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 27, 1910

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.02033 Longitude: -78.88032
William R. McNeil
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Bunker Hill (Steamboat), burnt, 1 Sep 1851