The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. C. Demming (Schooner), aground, 30 Jun 1874

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We yesterday made mention of the fact that a schooner had run on the outer breakwater. The following, however, are the particulars: About 11:00 yesterday forenoon the small Canadian schr. H.C. DEMMING, from Kingsville, Ont., laden with railroad ties, was discovered on the outer breakwater. Although the waves were not running high, the vessel was in a dangerous position, and being in plain vied of Central Wharf, naturally caused great excitement. Fortunately the marine wreckers of Buffalo were all in port, and as they sighted the craft, started to her relief. It seems the DEMMING refused a tug and attempted to sai
into port. A portion of the outer breakwater, about 300 ft. as is well known by those familiar with our harbor, lies underwater, and the vessel went square on it. The wreckers among whom were Capt. John Rice, Wm. Robertson, Charles Mory, Loring Dimick and James Carroll, went promptly to her assistance, on board of several tugs. In about half an hour the DEMMING was relieved from her unfortunate predicament by the tugs GARDNER and COMPOUND, having sustained slight damage, though leaking some.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      June 30, 1874 3-3

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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H. C. Demming (Schooner), aground, 30 Jun 1874