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J. Magill (Canal Boat), sunk, 6 Sep 1853

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CANAL BOAT SUNK. - Yesterday, says the Rochester Union of the 7th. inst., at 2 P.M., the bull-head boat J. MAGILL, of Chicago, sunk in the Erie Canal, just below St. Paul Street bridge. We understand the boat was lying to the heel-path to pass a large boat, and struck a rock, which caused her to fill immediately.
The cargo of the MAGILL was 5,878 bushels of oats, most of which was submerged. Capt. Rigney was promptly at hand with the State scow, and commenced removing the cargo from the sunken boat. Boats will not be detained long by the accident as there is room to pass the sunken boat, except at such times as the State scow is engaged in taking out the cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 9, 1853

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: oats
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.10979 Longitude: -76.43105
William R. McNeil
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J. Magill (Canal Boat), sunk, 6 Sep 1853