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Buckeye State (Steamboat), collision, 23 Oct 1851

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BUCKEYE STATE Steamer, in collision with the Schooner SARATOGA off Long Point, Lake Erie. Oct. 23, 1851. the Schooner being cut almost in two and sunk immediately, a total loss.
      Disasters on the Lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Jan. 2, 1852
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COLLISION AND LOSS OF LIFE :- On Wednesday night last, off Long Point, the Steamer BUCKEYE STATE, bound up, and the Schooner SARATOGA, bound down, came in collision. The vessel was struck on her starboard quarter just aft of her mainmast, which cut her nearly in two, causing her to sink almost instantly, and we regret to state that three hands before the mast were drowned. The vessel was owned in Cleveland, and was insured in the ----?--- Columbian Co. Her cargo consisted of between 7 and 10,000 bushels of corn, consigned to C.Mann & Co. of this city, and was fully insured in the Protection Co.of Rone.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Saturday, October 25, 1851

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The BUCKEYE STATE was at her dock yesterday morning and left again last evening. During the late heavy weather, she has made her trips regularly, which circumstance is as good a card as she can have with the travelling public. Those who have travelled on her during the storms, say that she has proved herself a good boat by the very best behavior.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Tuesday, October 28, 1851

NOTE :- it would seem that the BUCKEYE STATE was not damaged in the collision with the SARATOGA

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Buckeye State (Steamboat), collision, 23 Oct 1851