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Lady of the Lake (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Apr 1849


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We learn by a gentleman who arrived in the cars this morning, that the steamer LADY OF THE LAKE broke her shaft yesterday off Rochester, and was compelled to cast anchor to save herself from being driven ashore. The weather was so boisterous that no boat could be sent to her assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, April 16, 1849 p.2

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THE STEAMER 'LADY OF THE LAKE'- The Rochester Advertiser of this morning has the following particulars of the accident to this steamer on Saturday:--
"A man residing near the lake shore, about 25 miles west of the mouth of the Genesee River, came down on Saturday night, bringing a bucket, on the bottom of which was marked, Go to Rochester immediately and tell the steamer ONTARIO to come and help us.--We have broke our shaft and are going ashore. Eggleston, of the LADY."
The steamer ONTARIO put out immediately to her relief and returned to Rochester with the LADY OF THE LAKE in tow about 9 o'clock last evening. The LADY left Lewiston on Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock, and broke her shaft at 10 the same night. Capt. Eggleston threw over the two anchors, but the steamer drifted some two miles before the anchors would hold. She remained in this perilous situation about 40 hours, with signals of distress set. The Advertiser has a long list of vessels which were driven back by the severity of the gale.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      April 16, 1849

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Perilous Situation - During a recent storm on Lake Ontario the steamer LADY OF THE LAKE was in a perilous situation. She was relieved by the ONTARIO. The Buffalo Express says:
      The steamer ONTARIO has returned with the LADY in tow. Capt. Throop, of the ONTARIO, informs us that the LADY OF THE LAKE left Lowiston on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and broke her shaft at ten, same night. Capt. Eggleston threw over two anchors immediately, but the vessel drifted some two miles before she found anchorage. She remained in this perilous situation about 40 hours, with signals of distress set. Capt. Throop considers her escape a very narrow one, owing to the difficulty of obtaining an anchorage, and the close proximity of a dangerous coast.
      The boat has received little damage other than the breeches made by the sea breaking over her bow. Capt. T., and crew are entitled to much credit for the prompt and vigorous manner in which they relieved the LADY OF THE LAKE from her hazardous situation
      The Daily True Democrat (Cleveland)
      Monday, April 23, 1849

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      MARINE DISASTERS AND LOSSES ON THE LAKES DURING THE SEASON OF 1849
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Stmr. LADY OF THE LAKE, broke her shaft on Lake Ontario; got into Genessee
      River; loss and expenses..........................$1,20
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, January 3, 1850 (extracted from list)


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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,200
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1849
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McN.W.13796
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.15478 Longitude: -77.61556
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Lady of the Lake (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Apr 1849