The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jacob G. Lang (Canal Boat), sunk, 10 Sep 1910

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      North Tonawanda, Sept. 13. - The State authorities have been appealed to by local boat owners to remove the wreck of the canal boat JACOB G. LANG, which sank in the Erie Canal a mile east of Martinsville Wednesday. The LANG was on its way to New York from Buffalo with a cargo of wheat when it hit bottom and sank in the channel. The grain swelled and split the boat's side so that the craft is considered a total loss. As the boat now lies it is impossible for boats to pass the wreck and the canal boat owners, after the delay of ten days by a break in the canal at Ilion, which was repaired only a few days ago, are becoming anxious that another extensive interruption to traffic confronts them unless the State authorities act promptly. There are already a dozen cargo laden boats being held on the west side of the stranded craft and local boat owners state that the upbound fleet, which was held up at Ilion, should reach should reach the point where the LANFG lies in a day or two. It was stated last evening that the Public Works Department has signified its intention to act promptly. The grain is being lightered and removed to Buffalo to be dried out. The LANG is owned by Capt. George Wagoner of Buffalo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 13, 1910

      Lockport, Sept. 14. - The canal boat, laden with grain, which was sunk in the Erie Canal near this city last week is now in the drydocks here being repaired. Traffic has been resumed.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 14, 1910

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.04978 Longitude: -78.83448
William R. McNeil
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Jacob G. Lang (Canal Boat), sunk, 10 Sep 1910