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Governor Cushman (Propeller), U10232, exploded, 1 May 1868


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GOVERNOR CUSHMAN, propeller of 384 tons. Built 1857 at Cleveland, exploded May 1, 1868 at Buffalo, killing 11 persons. Total loss
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 - 1868, Lytle - Holdcamper List

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      Two more bodies of the missing victims of the GOV. CUSHMAN disaster were recovered from the debris of the wreck on Saturday. One was recognized as that of John Durock, deck hand, and the other as that of H.G. Stewart, also a deck hand. The bodies were conveyed to Kraft's dead house, by order of Coroner Walsh, who took legal charge of them.
      Three bodies are yet missing, viz: those of Jermain Mars, George Lewis and Wilhelm Ebert, all deck hands.
      Buffalo Commercial ADvertiser
      May 11, 1868 3-2

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A resolution was adopted (by the Common Council) ordering the owners of the prop. GOV. CUSHMAN to remove the wreck of said vessel in three days; and in the the event of non compliance, directing the City Attorney to take the necessary steps.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 12, 1868 3-1

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Notwithstanding the edict of the Common Council ordering the removal of the wreck of the prop. GOV. CUSHMAN, which obstructs the harbor, it still remains, and presents an unseemly sight. It is an easy matter to "order" things done, but in the case of our city fathers, at least, it is another thing to enforce the command.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 29, 1868 3-1

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      Parties have contracted with the city authorities to raise the wreck of the propeller GOV. CUSHMAN, lately blown up at the Sturges Elevator. Two steam pumps have already been put to work, and it is hoped this serious obstruction to the navigation of the Creek will soon be removed. The contract price is $3,000 - Buffalo Express, June 17
      Detroit Free Press
      June 19, 1868

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PROPELLER 'GOVERNOR CUSHMAN' -- The Buffalo papers state that an attempt was made on Friday Evening to move the wreck of the ill-fated propeller GOVERNOR CUSHMAN. Four Canal boats were placed alongside, two on each side, and upon these, heavy purchases were rigged to lift her as much as possible. Six tugs then made fast to the hulk and attempted to pull it along. They had only succeeded in moving it from the Sturgis Elevator to the middle of the river off the foot of Main Street by nightfall.
      Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, July 16, 1868

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REMOVED. -- The wreck of the propeller GOVERNOR CUSHMAN, has been removed from Buffalo Creek to the north end of the Erie Basin Breakwater. Three tugs were required for the work.
      Chicago Tribune
      Saturday, July 25, 1868
     
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      Work of raising the old hulk of the GOV. CUSHMAN, discovered in the Philadelphia & Reading Channel last fall was commenced yesterday by William Hingston. Dredging will be necessary before chains can be placed about the wreck as the old framework is buried deeply in the mud. It is supposed that the CUSHMAN's engines and boiler are still in the sunken hull.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 22, 1902

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      Pieces of the hull of the old GOV. CUSHMAN, blown up in Buffalo harbor, 34 years ago, and which is now being raised from the bottom of the Philadelphia & Reading channel, are being distributed as souveniers. The wood is apparently as sound as when it left the shipyard.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 26, 1902


      The work of removing the wreck of the GOV. CUSHMAN from the Phladelphia & Reading channel at Buffalo was completed by Wm. Hingston on Saturday. Dynamite was used to break up the hull with good success.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, May 23, 1902
     
     
     
Steamer GOVERNOR CUSHMAN. U. S. No. 10232. oF 687.80 Tons. 316 Horsepower. Home port , Whitehall, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessels of the United States, 1867


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Reason: exploded
Lives: 11
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1868
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Local identifier:
McN.W.14367
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Governor Cushman (Propeller), U10232, exploded, 1 May 1868