The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Steamboat), collision, 1 Sep 1840

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Vessel Ran Down and Sunk.--The Schooner ATLANTIC, Capt. Scoville, bound from Lower Sandusky to Buffalo, was run down by the Steamboat BUFFALO, Capt. Allen, about 7 miles below this port, at 4 o'clock this morning. The ATLANTIC was laden with 2,300 bushels of wheat, owned by Tyler & Bros. The schooner belonged to Capt. Scoville. No insurance on vessel or cargo. We learn the foremast of the ATLANTIC is out of water, and that an attemp will be made to raise her.
So quickly was the vessel sunk by the concussion, that the crew had barely time to escape. No property on board saved.
The accident must have been the result of carelessness on the part of the persons managing the BUFFALO. The lake was calm, sky clear, and sails set on the vessel. Though the schooner had no lights up, we learn she could be distinctly seen over a mile at the time she was run down. This is the third vessel run down by steamboats in the open lake this season.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Monday, September 7, 1840 p.3 col.1

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Buffalo (Steamboat), collision, 1 Sep 1840