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General Porter (Steamboat), aground, 19 Sep 1836


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STEAM BOAT ACCIDENT. - The steamboat GENERAL PORTER, struck on a rock yesterday noon, as she was entering Dunkirk harbor. She filled rapidly, but was run ashore, and is now lying in about four feet water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 20, 1836 p.2, c.3

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      STEAM BOAT SUNK AT DUNKIRK.
The steam boat GEN. PORTER, with 600 passengers, bound up the lake, in coming into Dunkirk on Monday last struck on a rock and stove a hole in her bottom, but with much exertion with sails and steam she was enabled to get alongside Beggs & Co's wharf where she was run aground, having two or three feet of water in her cabin. The VICTORIA took her passengers and proceeded on with them.
      Erie Gazette
      September 22, 1836

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      STEAM BOAT SUNK AT DUNKIRK ! -- The Steam Boat GEN. PORTER, with 600 passengers, bound up the lake, in coming into Dunkirk on Monday last, struck on a rock and stove a hole in her bottom, but with much exertion with sails and steam she was enabled to get alongside of Beggs & Co's. wharf, where she was run aground, having two or three feet of water in her cabin. The VICTORIA took her passengels and proceeded on with them. ----- Fredonia Censor.
REMARKS.--While we deeply regret the accidents above announced, we will, by way of set off and consolation for the misfortune, avail ourselves of the occasion, to say a few words in
praise of the fine boat which is the subject of it and the manufactory where she was built.
Among the numerous splendid steam boats of the first class which now navigate the lake, furnished with the most expensive engines from the work shops of Allain [sic] of New York, and the best manufactories, at Pittsburg, Cincinnati and Montreal, we feel pride in being able to say that the low pressure boat GEN. PORTER, (of 430 tons, whose engine and machinery, as well as hull, were all manufactured at this place,) and the elegant high pressure boat UNITED STATES, (of about the same size, and built at Huron, in the State of Ohio,) have long been considered two of the fastest boats on the lake -- each claiming the superiority, until last week, when by mutual understanding between the commanders, a trial of speed took place between them. Starting from Buffalo together they ran from port to port, the whole distance to Detroit and back again to Buffalo, with the exception of one or two trifling deviations near the head of the lake, which their business required them respectively to make. The result proved that, on every stretch, the PORTER was uniformly able to our-strip her competitor by nearly a mile an hour.
There is not perhaps so eligible a place on the Lakes for ship and boat building. in its various branches, as Black Rock. Besides its extensive Foundry & Engine Manufactory, alongside of which a vessel may lie with perfect safety and convenience, we have a copious and never failing water power, the finest of oak and other timber covering the banks of the Niagara and its islands, with saw mills at hand to eat it up; and a new a spacious Rope-Walk, unsurpassed in the western country.
The severe and long continued indisposition of Mr. Gibson, the superintendent and part owner of the Foundry and Machine Shop has prevented these works, for a year or two past, from supplying but a small portion of the public demands. The works, however, were sold, a few days since, by the owners, to several gentlemen of enterprize and capital, and we learn with pleasuire that they are already making preparations tions to resume the business and carry it on upon an enlarged scale, commensurate with the public wants -- so that we trust, that it will not be necessary, after the present year, to resort to the manufactories either of the Atlantic or Ohio, to procure the necessary supply of first rate engines.
      Black Rock Advocate
      September 22, 1836


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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1836
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McN.W.17366
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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General Porter (Steamboat), aground, 19 Sep 1836