The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wide Awake (Canal Boat), struck bridge, 27 Sep 1860

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RATHER OMINOUS. - A Canal Boat Sprung A Leak. - Last night the new canal boat WIDE AWAKE, an unfortunate name, belonging to E.G. Prosser, of this city, having on board a full cargo of wheat destined for Rochester, ran into the abutment of a bridge below this city. A steam pump was sent for to this city, and as soon as possible put to work. It succeeded in keeping her sufficiently clear of water, so she floated and was towed to this city this morning by a tug The cargo of wheat will be considerably damaged, and we understand it is owned by Mr. Prosser, and not insured. The cargo is valued at about $6,000. What the damage will be to the wheat we are not informed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 28, 1860

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Reason: struck bridge
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Wide Awake (Canal Boat), struck bridge, 27 Sep 1860