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George Washington (Steamboat), aground, 9 Oct 1833

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WASHINGTON,GEORGE Steamer, built Huron 1833 of 605 Tons. Home port, Portland, Ohio. Stranded on Long Point, Lake Erie October 9, 1833. also called WASHINGTON.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S. 1790 - 1868
      " The Lytle - Holdcamper List "

WASHINGTON (1st.) Steamer of 609 Tons. Built Huron 1833. a low pressure engine. Lost on Long Point in 1833 on her third trip and one man drowned.
      " Trade And Commerce "
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 26, 1847

LOSS OF THE STEAM-BOAT "WASHINGTON".--Various rumors have been afloat for some days past, and much painful anxiety felt, in relation to the fate of the Steam-boat GEORGE WASHINGTON, which left Huron on her downward passage on Tuesday of last week. Our worst fears are at length confirmed. We learn, from information which can be relied upon, that she was stranded on Wednesday morning last, on Long Point, on the Canada shore, and that she is a complete wreck. We have learnt but few particulars, but understand she sprung a leak during the blow on Tuesday night--that her engines soon became useless, and that as the only alternative, she was put before the wind and made for the Canada shore. She grounded on Long Point, 40 or 50 rods from shore, half full of water. One passenger, in attempting to swim ashore, was drowned. The remainder of the passengers and crew reached the shore in safety. A portion of the machinery and furniture will be saved in a damaged state, but the vessel will be nearly a total loss.
The loss of this fine vessel is a misfortune to the proprietors, and particularly to Capt. Walker, who is a principal stockholder. --- Advertiser.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      October 12, 1833 p.2 col.3

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The British schooner VELOCIPEDE, brought the furniture and part of the engine of the new and splendid steam-boat GEORGE WASHINGTON, which was recently wrecked on the Canada shore.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Oct. 12, 1833 p.3 col.2

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WRECKS IN LAKE ERIE:-The Detroit Post, of Saturday, remarks, "There are at different points in Lake Erie wrecks which, though many years since they were deposited, are yet in an excellent state of preservation. From Captain Hackett, of Malden, who has just arrived at this port from a wrecking expedition around either shore of said lake in search of lost anchors and other lost property, we are placed in possession of much that is of interest on this point. During the season of 1835 the fine steamer WASHINGTON, commanded by Captain Augustas Waller, was wrecked on Long Point, on the first trip she ever made. She was a fine steamer. Notwithstanding 55 years have elapsed since the event, the boiler and a considerable portion of the wreck lies in the same position, and if recovered would serve in some capacity for years to come. Not far distant from the WASHINGTON, lies the ATLANTIC, which in a still day, is plainly visible, and aside from the disappearance of her upper works, has met with little or no change. At Long Point Out there are yet remaining a considerable portion of the schooner CONDUCTOR, which was sacrificed in the terrible gale of November 1854. Below the Point are the CORINTHIAN and the ARCTURNS - the former with her decks entirely gone, but otherwise in apparently good condition, the latter much the same as when visited last spring. Further down Lake Erie, and in the vicinity of Point Abino, may be seen the schooner PENNSYLVANIA or what is left of her, which met her fate in the gale of October 1844, with the loss of all hands. Captain Hackett in his peregrinations during the past six weeks, succeeded in rescuing no less than fifteen anchors of large size, and a large quantity of valuable chain, as a reward for his labors in a perilous undertaking.
      We hope to be placed in possession of further interesting reminiscences.
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, July 27, 1868

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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George Washington (Steamboat), aground, 9 Oct 1833