The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Amelia (Canal Boat), collision, 27 Aug 1872

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SERIOUS DISASTER. - Quite a serious casualty occurred in the river, at Black Rock, about seven o'clock last evening. The tug ONEIDA, having in tow the canal boats "WICKHAM," "LADY WASHINGTON," "AMELIA" and "TAYLOR," endeavored to get through the river channel into the canal, below where the improvements are being made, and making too short a turn at the center pier of the International bridge, caused the AMELIA, which was in the center, to strike a scow, lying at the pier, amidships. This jammed the others all in together, resulting to serious damages to each boat. The WICKHAM, loaded with staves and shingles, sank immediately and will prove a total loss. Two horses were on board. One was killed by the collision, and the other getting out of the boat, floated down the river quite a distance and then sank. The other three boats were damaged considerable and "beached." The four were fully insured and also their cargoes. Messrs. J. W. Bridgman & Co., are the owners of the AMELIA, LADY WASHINGTON and TAYLOR, and the WICKHAM is owned by Nelson, Lothbridge & Co. The statement made by the Express of this morning with regard to two boys being drowned, is incorrect.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      August 28, 1872

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired ?
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.91617 Longitude: -78.90198
William R. McNeil
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Amelia (Canal Boat), collision, 27 Aug 1872