The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kentucky (Barge), capsized, 20 Apr 1881

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Some time last spring Messrs. Campbell & Ratcliffe, grain and forwarding merchants, Central Wharf, purchased the old barge KENTUCKY, formerly a propeller, and recently converted her into a floating elevator. Saturday last (4/16) she came out of drydock and was towed to the Erie Basin where, during the night she capsized, tearing the whole elevating structure completely off her. It will be remembered that the KENTUCKY was brought over last spring from Dunville, by Capt. James Carroll, who talked of converting her into a lumber barge. She was subsequently purchased by Messrs. Campbell & Ratcliffe for $1,600, and they spent considerable on her in converting her into an elevator. They are undecided as yet what they will do with her, although it is probable she may be offered for sale.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 20, 1881 1-8

Steam screw KENTUCKY. U. S. No. 14044. Of 366 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1853. First home port, Oswego, N.Y. Disposition:-- Rig changed to Barge Sept. 27, 1867
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Kentucky (Barge), capsized, 20 Apr 1881