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Colorado (Propeller), U4267, aground, 1 May 1872

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The prop. COLORADO left this port about 11:00 last night with some 400 tons of railroad iron and general merchandise on board, bound for Milwaukee and Chicago. Early this morning a despatch was received from Angola stating that she had gone ashore on Sturgeon Pt., with bows 3 ft. out. The cause of her going ashore is not stated. The shore is rocky and dangerous at the locality of the disaster, which is some 18 miles up the south shore. The tugs PEREW and ANDERSON with a lumber barge are preparing to go to her relief.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 23, 1872 3-5

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      The tugs GARDNER and ANDERSON met with entire success in their trip to the relif of the prop. COLORADO, ashore near Sturgeon Point. They left port about noon on Thursday, and returned with the propeller in tow on the evening of the sam day. After lightering a portion of her cargo, the tugs were enabled to pull her off. The propeller was found in a leaking condition, but not taking in water beyond the capacity of her pumps to keep it clear. It was deemed best to tow her back to this port, where she will be docked and repaired with as little delay as possible. To all appearances she has sustained no serious damage. He cargo consists of merchandise (not railroad iron, as has been stated), was all stowed between decks, and consequently escaped damage. The accident is said to be chargeable to a defective compass and foggy weather.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 25, 1872 2-9

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Steam screw COLORADO. U. S. No. 4267. Of 1470.55 gross tons; 1321.78 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 254.6 x 35.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.69089 Longitude: -79.04754
William R. McNeil
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Colorado (Propeller), U4267, aground, 1 May 1872