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Chautauque (Steamboat), aground, 1844

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A sad accident occurred on Thursday. As S.G. Williams, first engineer of the steamer CHAUTAUQUE, which has been aground at Sandytown since the gales of last fall, in company with others, were engaged in taking out an anchor in a small boat, for the purpose of making an attempt to haul the CHAUTAUQUE off, the fluke caught as they were attempting to cast it overboard, by which means the boat was upset. Two other persons who were in company with Williams succeeded in reaching the shore, but he for some cause, sank and was drowned. His body was recovered yesterday morning, and an inquest held by Coronor Harris, and a verdict of "accidental drowning" rendered. Mr. Williams leaves a family, residing on Washington St., in this city, where his funeral will take place on Sunday, at 2:00.
      National Daily Pilot
      Saturday, April 19, 1845

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      The WISCONSIN went out yesterday and made a fruitless attempt to haul off the CHAUTAUQUE.
      National Daily Pilot
      Wednesday, April 23, 1845
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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Chautauque (Steamboat), aground, 1844