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Niagara (Propeller), rudder chain broken, 12 Jul 1893

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      She Lost It In The Middle Of The River Last Night.
It isn't a very pleasant experience for a boat to lose her rudder in the middle of the swiftly-flowing Niagara river, yet that is what happened to the steamer NIAGARA, that plows between Buffalo and Fort Erie, last night.
The boat left Fort Erie all right on her last trip to Buffalo. In the middle of the river her rudder dropped off and floated down the river. Capt. Newman dropped anchor and whistled for help. The tugs CHENEY and BEYERS went to the boat's assistance and towed her to the dock at the foot of Main Street. There were only three passengers on board at the time and they were not frightened.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, July 13, 1893 p.1, c.6

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      As the Fort Erie boat NIAGARA was making its last trip Wednesday night, the rudder chain broke and the boat drifted down the river about half a mile where it anchored. Signals were given for aid, and the tugs CHENEY and BEYERS, with the life saving crew went to the boats assistance. The NIAGARA was towed to this city.
      When the NIAGARA reached the dock at 1:30, Capt. Newman said that while rounding to go to Fort Erie dock his boat lost her rudder and started to drift. Capt. Newman immediately let go the anchor, and the boat floated in 3 1/2 fathoms of water until the tugs arrived. There were only 3 passengers on board at the time. Others who were on the dock were brought to Buffalo on the tug CHENEY by Capt. Glover. There was no danger or commotion.
      International Gazette
      July 15, 1893 1-4

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Reason: rudder chain broken
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Niagara (Propeller), rudder chain broken, 12 Jul 1893