The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Erie (Steamboat), aground, 1 Sep 1838

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The Steamboat ERIE, Capt. Titus, from Detroit, in attempting to make this harbor during the dense fog about four o'clock this morning, missed the entrance, and struck upon the lower reef of rocks, some distance below the Light House, where she now lies. The RED JACKET was engaged this forenoon in taking off the numerous passengers and the baggage.
      If the present good weather continues, the boat will probably be got off without much difficulty. We have heard no estimates of the damage
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, September 20, 1838

ASHORE.---During the heavy fog yesterday morning, the steamboat ERIE mistook the landmarks, in approaching this city, from Detroit, and ran on a reef of shelving rocks below the light-house, and within a hundrew yards of the Black Rock breakwater. In company with others we visited the ERIE, on board of the pretty little boat RED JACKET, and found her lying across the reef, on her starboard side. The ledge was visible, and within five feet of the surface, the current running at a prodigious rate and fast falling, whicg will prevent Capt. Titus from getting off until a rise of the water, which frequeltly occurs daily. We may therefore expect to see this elegant boat back at our wharf again today.
      Daily Buffalonian
      Sept. 21, 1838
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Aground - We understand that the Steamboat ERIE, ran on a reef between Buffalo and Black Rock a few nights since in the fog, where she was still lying at the latest advice.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Saturday, September 22, 1838

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      The steamboat Erie was handsomely got off Sunday morning, without injury -- the gale of Saturday evening having raised the water on the reef where she lay, so as to successfully aid the exertions of her crew. Every one who reflected the evening before, on her perilous situation, expected to hear in the morning that she had gone to pieces. She is now in our harbor safe and sound.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 24, 1838

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We learn that the gale was somewhat severe at Buffalo, the Lake rising and overflowing the flat. No account of any damage done. We are glad to learn that the steamboat ERIE has been got afloat; whether she sustained any injury, we are not informed.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, September 25, 1838


The ERIE was safely lifted off the reef by the rise of waters occasioned by the gale, and was in port today, staunch and beautiful as ever.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, September 26, 1838

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    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Erie (Steamboat), aground, 1 Sep 1838