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Ohio (Steamboat), pounded at Piers, 16 Dec 1851

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OHIO Steamer, damaged at the Pier in Dunkirk Harbor. Dec. 16, 1851, in a gale. Property loss $500
      Disasters on the Lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Jan. 3, 1852

      The severe weather of the past week has proved unfortunate for the shipping at Dunkirk. The brig WALBRIDGE loaded with railroad iron, on Wednesday drifted from her anchorage and brought up on a reef near the breakwater. A flag of distress was kept flying from the vessel for 36 hours, but the 3 steamers in the harbor were neither of them in a situation to go to her relief. A portion of the crew, in attempting to come ashore in a boat were caught in the ice, and with difficulty rescued by the aid of a party from this place, who succeeded in reaching them by laying planks upon the ice. All got off safely. The brig was bound for Monroe. The brig SIZER, partly loaded also sunk alongside of the wharf, where she was lying. The schr. WHIP, we learn has gone on the same reef upon which the WALBRIDGE struck. The steamers ALABAMA, MICHIGAN and OHIO suffered considerably in their wheels guards, &c..
      Fredonia Censor
      December 23, 1851 2-5

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Reason: pounded at Piers
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Damaged
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Ohio (Steamboat), pounded at Piers, 16 Dec 1851