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Erie (Steamboat), broke machinery, 1 May 1838

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Steamboat Accidents. -- We regret to learn that as the steamboat ERIE was entering Dunkirk harbor, last evening, she met with an accident very similar to that which befell the CLEVELAND a short time since. Her piston strap gave way, and a tremendous concussion, with the complete destruction of her cylinder, was the consequence. It will take some weeks time and several thousands of dollars to repair the damage. No persons on board were injured so far as we have learned. The ERIE was a new crack boat, of great speed, and on her first trip up the lake. She ran from here to Dunkirk, 40 miles in two hours.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, May 31, 1838

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The steamboat ERIE, of Erie, broke her engine on the way up to Dunkirk, and was towed into that port by the CHAMPLAIN. It will be some weeks before we can welcome the "beautiful stranger" to our wharves.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Friday, June 1, 1838

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      STEAM BOAT ERIE. -- We regret to state that this floating palace has met with an accident, in the breaking of her cylinder, which will deter her operations on the lake for a few weeks. She had left Buffalo, on Wednesday, last, for the first regular trip up the lake, and was proceeding majestically through the water at the rate of full eighteen miles an hour when the accident occurred. It was caused by a washer from one of the nuts inside breaking out from cause unknown, and getting between the head and cap, so that as the piston ascended, it burst both head and cap and fractured the cylinder itself near the top. We understand the damage can be repaired in a short time, so that the boat will not be obliged to be idle long. No blame whatever is attached to the officers or owner of the boat.
      The accident at this time is vert unfortunate, as it will compel the boat to lie idle for awhile during the best part of the season. She had a fine load of passengers and freight, probably the best which has been brought out of Buffalo this year.
      The regret of the public will also be great, not only on account of the damage done to the owners, but because she is so great a favorite, and every body were so anxious to get a passage on board her. There is no mistake that the E R I E is destined to be the BELLE of boats on Lake Erie.
      Erie Observer
      June 2, 1838
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The damage sustained by the ERIE is estimated at several thousand dollars. The piston strap gave way, and a complete destruction of her cylinder was the consequence. No person on board injured. Before the accident, she made the run from Buffalo to Dunkirk, a distance of 40 miles in two hours! So says the Commercial.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Saturday, June 2, 1838
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      The ERIE. -- This new and superb steampacket was towed into port on Tuesday last by the CONSTITUTION, and her engine will be speedily repaired. To the eye of the "Old Salt" as well as the landsman, the ERIE is the very beau ideal of a steam craft, and the traveling public all know Capt. Titus, formerly of the SANDUSKY, to be just the officer to make a safe and pleasant voyage over our inland seas with. From the Buffalo Journal, we cut the following description:
      The ERIE is of 550 tons burthen, 176 feet keel, 27½ beam with 11 feet depth of hold. Adjoining the Ladies' cabin, which is roomy and superbly furnished, are 12 state rooms with 3 berths in each. The Gentlemen's cabin, fitted up in a similar style, has accommodations for 250 passengers. The steerage is of ample dimensions. The engine, constructed in Philadelphia, by T. Halloway, is very powerful, the cylinder being 52 inch, with 10 foot stroke.
The citizens of Erie, Pa., where she was built, have just cause to be proud of this craft, for she is designed to be one of the fastest boats on the lakes, having, with all the disadvantages attending a first excursion, performed the distance of 90 miles, between port and port, in five hours and forty minutes. Master builder, S. Creamer, of Philadelphia; the painting by Miller & Co., and upholstery by Mr. Mooney, of Buffalo.
      Cleveland Herald & Gazette
      Thursday, June 7, 1838; 2:4

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Erie (Steamboat), broke machinery, 1 May 1838