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Decatur (Canal Boat), sunk by collision, 26 Sep 1849

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The Canal Boat DECATUR, heavily laden with sugar and dry goods, was run into at Black Rock, last night, by the S.G. DRULLORD, of the Troy and Erie Line, and so injured that it was with difficulty that she could be kept afloat until morning. By great exertion her captain succeeded in getting her to Buffalo, before she sunk. We understand there is an insurance of $4,000 on her cargo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, September 27, 1849 p.2

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BOAT SUNK. - The canal boat DECATER, loaded with some 50 tons of merchandize consigned to P.L. Sternberg & Co., sank last night just below the Commercial Street bridge. She had just been run into by another boat at Black Rock, which stove in her bows. We learn there was an insurance on the cargo in the National office, New York, for $4,000.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, September 28, 1849

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: sugar & dry goods
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Decatur (Canal Boat), sunk by collision, 26 Sep 1849