The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Porter (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Oct 1836

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To the Editors of the Daily Com. Adv.
      Gents. - Your last Friday's paper contains a communication, in which the writer says - "The GEN. PORTER lies sunk, exactly in the worst point in our harbor, where she will probably remain for the remainder of the fall and the coming winter." It is true, Messrs. Editors, that the GEN. PORTER is, unfortunately sunk, in a part of our harbor, which causes inconvenience to the free ingress of vessels, but the writer is greatly mistaken, if her supposes that she was placed there from any other cause than necessity, or that we have any intention of allowing her to remain there one hour longer than is necessary to get the rail-way in a situation to take her on it.
      The GEN. PORTER struck a rock at the entrance of Dunkirk harbor, several weeks ago, where she immediately sunk. [sic] After much exertion, she was raised, and brought into this harbor. It was found to be impossible to keep her afloat after she arrived here - and to prevent her from sinking in deep water, she was placed in the shallow water where she now lies.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, October 25, 1836

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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General Porter (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Oct 1836