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Amboy (Barge), U95276, aground, 5 Sep 1898

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The barge AMBOY went aground in the Niagara River at Germania Park at 10:00 yesterday morning. Three tugs worked on her for some time, but failed to release her. She will be lightered.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      September 6, 1898

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      The barge AMBOY in tow of the tug BYERS, bound for Tonawanda with a cargo of iron ore, went on the bottom opposite Germania Park in the river yesterday morning. The water was low and the barge swung too far inshore. Her keel caught on the bottom and, before anything could be done to rescue her, she had drifted in and was hard aground.
      The BYERS tried to haul her off, but could make no headway, and assistance was sent for. The tugs CASCADE, HIBBARD and CONNEAUT arrived soon after and got lines aboard the helpless barge. They worked all day, but even when the water rose 2 feet higher than when it was when the boat grounded, they could not budge her.
      Early last night a lighter was sent for, and the work of lightering the barge began. At a late hour last night she was still on the bottom.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 6, 1898 8-1

Schooner AMBOY.* U.S. No. 95276. Of 893.97 tons gross; 849.27 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1874. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 209.3 x 34.2 x 14.4
      * Formerly schooner HELENA.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1892

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Amboy (Barge), U95276, aground, 5 Sep 1898