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Empire State (Steamboat), lost tows, 14 Sep 1851

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September 14, 1851. - Steamer EMPIRE STATE, lost three canal boats she had in tow for Cleveland. Property loss, $2,400
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

The gale - The steamer BUCKEYE STATE had a severe time of it on her passage down. She made the port of Buffalo on Sunday with the planking torn off her guards. Her salon, barber shop, and porters room destroyed and much of her passengers baggage carried away. She met the EMPIRE STATE this side of Erie. The Buffalo Express says the latter, when she left here had a flotilla of canal boats belonging to Dan Rice's circus in tow, but when met they had been separated from her. The wreck of one boat and part of the upper tenaces of the circus were discovered floating around in the lake between this and Erie. The Probability is that the canal boats with the property of the circus and perhaps the men on board were all lost. We may expect to here of other disasters further up the lake, the storm being so severe. (article must have originated at Buffalo)
      Sandusky Commercial Register
      Tuesday, September 16, 1851

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Reason: lost tows
Hull damage: $2,400
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Empire State (Steamboat), lost tows, 14 Sep 1851