The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George O. Vail (Propeller), aground, 12 Jul 1859

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A few gentlemen wishing to treat themselves and their families to a ride in a private manner, chartered the tug GEORGE O. VAIL, bought a couple of tons of coal, shipped a select crew, and started down the river, in excellent spirits. We did not learn that any serious drawbacks interfered with the pleasure of the downward trip. But on their return, after leaving Falconwood, the pilot, not being familiar with the channel of the river, the boat was several times run aground. When near Waterloo, a short distance below Haggart's Dock, the tug grounded, and while backing her off she was run upon a reef of rocks. It was
late in the evening and the situation anything but desirable. To add to the terror of the ladies and the well-founded fears of the gentlemen, the boat took fire from the furnaces, and the flames were with difficulty estinguished. Boat put out from Fort Erie, and after considerable delay, the party were safely landed on the Canada shore, and subsequently brought to the city by Haggart's Ferry Boat. (part)
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, July 16, 1859

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -78.93286
William R. McNeil
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George O. Vail (Propeller), aground, 12 Jul 1859