The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Orleans (Propeller), struck bridge, 22 Jan 1935

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With six passengers aboard, the Buffalo - Fort Erie ferry boat ORLEANS, crashed against the International Railroad bridge this afternoon, drifted helplessly for a time down the Niagara River, but finally made her way safely to the dock at the foot of Austin Street.
      Although the boat's funnel and pilot house were torn off when she smashed against the bridge and passed beneath, none of the passengers were injured.
      Caught in heavy ice floes the ORLEANS was unable to negotiate the passage from the Fort Erie dock on the Canadian side across to the foot of Ferry St.
      Getting out of control she was swept downstream in the blinding snow storm while her crew worked frantically to get the boat under control.
      Unable to make any use of the boat's power because of her position in the ice, the vessel narrowly missed the bridge pier and smashed into the structure as her superstructure and smokestack were raked off.
      Buffalo Scrapbook
      January 22, 1935

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      Fix files suit for $14,000 in river accident for damage to the stmr. ferry ORLEANS when it crashed against the International Bridge on January 22nd. Mr. Frank F. Fix, surviving partner of the Fix Brothers, owner of the ferry crossing the river between Fort Erie and Buffalo, filed in Federal Court against the International Bridge Co. for $14,000.
      Mr. Fix charges that the bridge Company was at fault because on January 22 it had not made arrangements to have a tug stationed in the river for such emergencies. Had such a tug or steamboat been stationed to give assistance no accident might have occurred. It is pointed out that the emergency tug INTERNATIONAL had been laid up, out of commission December 1, 1934. Prior to that time the tug was in readiness for such an emergency.
      Among several stipulated charges made against the Bridge Company is one that the bridge constitutes an unlawful obstruction and is a menace to free navigation in the Niagara River.
      Prior to the accident the papers described the ORLEANS as being tight, staunch, strong and in every respect seaworthy. The $14,000 is being asked for making of repairs, survey fees, demurrage, etc. Stanley & Gidley, Marine Trust Bldg. are attorneys for plantiff.
      Buffalo Newspaper Scrapbook
      April 1, 1936

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Reason: struck bridge
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Orleans (Propeller), struck bridge, 22 Jan 1935