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Veronica (Propeller), aground, 25 Jun 1906

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The stmr. VERONICA, with the schr. HOLLAND in tow, broke her wheel while
entering the head of the Niagara River yesterday morning and both boats drifted
about helplessly for some time until they ran on a rocky bottom above the
Buffalo waterworks intake pier, close to the breakwater. No wfforst were made
to release the stranded boats yesterday.
Both vessels are owned by the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Co. They are ore laden
and were bound for the company's docks at Tonawanda. The VERONICA lies in a
dangerous position and is believed to be hard on. It was said last night that
there was little to hold the HOLLAND and fearing that she might drift to a more
perilous position during the night, her captain had her anchor thrown out.
Efforts will be made by tugs to release the boats today.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 25, 1906 3-4

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While going down the river yesterday afternoon the propeller VERONICA, of the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company's fleet, broke her steering gear opposite the Inlet Pier, becoming helpless and drifting onto Bird Island pier, where she now lies. Her tow, the barge HOLLAND, cleared the propeller and came to anchor. No damage is sustained by the VERONICA and the company tugs will release her today and tow her to the company's ore docks at Tonawanda.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 25, 1906

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      The steamer VERONICA, which is stranded on a rocky bottom above the inlet
pier in the Niagara River, will probably be floated today. A lighter was put
alongside her yesterday and the work of unloading a portion of her ore cargo
      As the vessel is pretty hard on it will take considerable unloading to
release the boat. The barge HOLLAND was towed to Tonawanda yesterday, and she
cleared for the upper lake ports last night.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 26, 1906 9-5

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A lighter was taken alongside the steamer VERONICA, which is on the bottom at the Bird Avenue pier, and her cargo is being rapidly taken off. It is expected that she will be released today.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 26, 1906
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The stmr. VERONICA which became disabled through the breaking of her steering gear while coming into the Niagara River on Sunday (6/25) and stranded on the rocks above the intake pier, was released yesterday afternoon about 4:00 after 450 tons of her ore cargo had been lightered.
The stmr. was then towed into this harbor and will undergo repairs.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 28, 1906 9-4

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The steamer VERONICA was released from the rocks in Niagara River above the inlet, where she was stranded Saturday after her steering gear broke. About 450 tons of her cargo of ore had to be lightered before she was floated. Then she was towed into the harbor for repairs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, June 28, 1906

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Veronica (Propeller), aground, 25 Jun 1906