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Ware (Scow), adrift, 24 Apr 1838

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WARE Scow, tow of the Steamboat BUNKER HILL :-
The Steamboat BUNKER HILL, about whose safety some apprehensions has been felt, is, we learn, ashore on Long Point, U.C., on what is called "Horse-shoe Reef". A steamboat was to be despatchedfrom Buffalo on Saturday, to see what could be done for her. We have been politely furnished a letter dated "On board the S.B.BUNKER HILL, on Long Point, Wednesday, April 25, 11 A.M." from which we ectract the following.
" We left Buffalo on Monday evening at 1/4 past 6 O'Clock, having in tow the scow boat "WARE", belonging to Capt. C. Wilgus. The wind was blowing from the N.E. and rainy. We had not been out of Buffalo more than two hours, the sea running very high, when the line by which we were towing the WARE, parted. We then gotout our small chain and made fast to her, but it soonbroke the timber heads to which it was fastened. We then concluded to let the WARE go. We got alongside her as near as safety would permit, and by lines secured around the bodies of the men got them all on board the BUNKER HILL safely; we then hauled on our course for Erie, and about 2 O'Clock on Tuesday morning, it snowing very hard, we struck and supposed we were near Erie, until morning when we discovered that we were about ten miles within the Point.
"We have got the goods out of her hold, and as soon as the wind goes down or changes to any other point, we shall begin to land the furniture, goods, &c. The boat does not leak a great deal and we can keep her free as yet. Her hull is not injured much, but the wind continues to increase and the sea breaks over her. We are about one mile from shore and in 3 feet water. She has settled in the sand so that she lies easier now than last night. We lowered our boat yesterday but she was soon swamped - noone drowned, the water being so shallow that she had barely enough to float in. Should the wind haul to any other point of the compass she would not labor so hard. We have some 10 or 15 horses on board, but nothing for them to eat. We have plenty of rice and not much fear of starving ourselves. About 100 passengers on board including steerage. A Schooner has just hove in sight standing towards us. Should the wind go down we might possibly save the boat. You need not apprehend our lives in any danger.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, April 30, 1838


The Scow boat WARE, that broke adrift from the BUNKER HILL, has been picked up and towed into Silver Creek.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette.
      Saturday, May 5, 1838


The BUNKER HILL - This boat arrived last evening, and left today for Buffalo. We are glad to learn that she was got off from Long Point without having sustained apparently any injury, and will resume her regular trips.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, May 8, 1838

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    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Ware (Scow), adrift, 24 Apr 1838