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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), struck pier, 1 Nov 1835


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On sunday night and Monday morning last, we had quite a fresh wind from the south west, but no way sufficient to create any anxiety for lake vessels. We were pained to learn,since, however, that its much greater severity west of us has caused several disasters.
      The stmr. DANIEL WEBSTER struck upon the pier at Grand River, in attempting to enter; amount of damage unknown, as she fell off and come to anchor some 10 miles below, after the accident. She is reported to have thrown overboard 15 horses before she struck. No lives lost, that we hear.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 26, 1835



Much more of sour zeal than good sense or common courtesy, has been manifested by our city cotemporaries, since the publication of a paragraph in our last, touching some casualties upon the lake. It seems that some of the particulars, (all of which were furnished us by the same passengers from the west, who are gentlemen of respectability) were not founded in fact. At this none could more heartily rejoice than we; but we are most coarsely assailed, either for not possessing intuitive power to dis- criminate, at the time we profited by all that was known in town, or for not suppressing all the facts in the case-which, we know not.
We stated that the Schooner BRIDGET foundered, with Capt. and crew - it seems the Captain was fortunately on shore, and escaped: and this singular and unusual circumstance we are blamed for not knowing. The steam boat DANIEL WEBSTER is also said not to have struck on the pier at Grand River, or to have thrown overboard 15 horses - though for aught that appears she did a less number. We know not the authority for these denials, but hope it is good.
The crabbed and unreasonable flings at us, by our neighbours, on this occasion contrast, quite to our satisfaction, with the very different man- ner in which we recently corrected the errours [sic] of their over-wrought fancies-and that, too, in matters directly within their personal reach. We have never enjoyed the reputation of a manufacturer of "rare and strange wonderments"; nor have we ever aspiredto such distinction. It is not our taste.
      Buffalo Whig & Journal
      December 2, 1835



Lake Disasters. - On Sunday night and Monday morning last, we had the wind quite fresh from the south-west - but no way sufficient to create any anxiety for Lake Vessels. We are pained to learn, since, however, that its much greater severity west of us has caused several disasters.
      The steam boat Columbus, Captain Walker, we hear, is beached near the Light House, at Lake Erie, damage unknown. She threw over her deck load consisting of one hundred and thirty barrels of oysters, before going ashore. The steam boat Daniel Webster, struck upon the pier at Grand River, in attempting to enter; amount of damage unknown, as she fell off and came to anchor some ten miles below, after the accident. She is reported to have thrown overboard fifteen horses before she struck. No lives lost, that we hear.
      The schooner Bridget, we have just learned, was wrecked in the previous gale, the one of the 11th inst., which was so severe here, and extended as we see by this through the upper lakes also. She was driven ashore near St. Josephs, on Lake Michigan, where she lies, upon her beam ends, a complete wreck. Capt. Ludlow and all his crew lost, fortunately she had been at Chicago, her outward destination, and landed her passengers and cargo, before the catastophe.-- Buffalo Whig.
      Canadian Emigrant
      December 15, 1835


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Reason: struck pier
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1835
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McN.W.15464
Language of Item:
English
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
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William R. McNeil
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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), struck pier, 1 Nov 1835