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Beeman (Canal Boat), sunk, 1 May 1860

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ACCIDENT ON THE CANAL - NAVIGATION SUSPENDED. - This morning says the Rochester Union, the canal boat BEEMAN owned by Palmer & Co., of Buffalo, sunk on the Half Mile Level in Brighton. The boat had on board 6,000 bushels of corn, and struck a rock while on her way down. The boat struck the rock so far aft that the stern was literally torn out, and she sunk immediately. About three fourths of the cargo is wet. As the boat went down midway in the canal and obstructed the passage of boats, it was deemed best to draw the level off, which was immediately done. The work of removing the corn was commenced at once, and the wreck will probably be got out of the way tonight. It will take but short time to fill the level. The boat had been pretty much rebuilt by the owners during the winter and was regarded as in excellent condition. She must have struck the sunken rock with considerable violence to cause such a disaster
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, May 26, 1860

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Reason: sunk
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Freight: corn
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.14756 Longitude: -77.55055
William R. McNeil
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Beeman (Canal Boat), sunk, 1 May 1860