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Thomas Davidson (Propeller), U145482, aground, 15 Sep 1897

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The steamer THOMAS DAVIDSON, Capt. James Woods, bound for Buffalo, grain laden, went hard on the sandy beach at Tifft Farm before daylight this morning, and will have to be lightered off.
      The easterly wind which prevailed this morning drove all the smoke from the city over the lake and that, with a mist, made it as thick as mush and as black as a pocket for miles up.
      The DAVIDSON just missed a bad accident. In feeling her way in, she got well to the south, and just missed the last crib sunk in the breakwater extension. She grounded apparently just as she was beginning to make the turn to come up on the shore side of the breakwater. She now rests easily, head on, in the sand, about 250 yards from shore. She is high out forward, and is probably not the least bit damaged. If her course had been 100 yards to the north she would have struck the crib and the story would have been different.
      The tug CASCADE of Hand & Johnson's line went out to the DAVIDSON, as soon as word was received of the accident, and attempted to dredge the vessel out. The tug gave up this job about 9 o'clock and started back to port for a lighter The DAVIDSON was on her way from Milwaukee with a cargo of something over 100,000 bushels of corn and oats, consigned through Brown & Company of this city.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, September 15, 1897 5 - 7 & 8

Steam screw THOMAS DAVIDSON. U. S. No. 145482. Of 2226 gross tons; 1714 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1888. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 285.8 x 41.7 x 20.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Thomas Davidson (Propeller), U145482, aground, 15 Sep 1897