The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Danube (Bark), aground, 9 Oct 1859

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The storm which commenced on Friday, increased to a gale on Saturday and the water ran high in the Lake. Had the wind been a few points more toward the northward, much damage probably would have been done to the docks and depot, but as it was, no serious damage resulted.
      The barque DANUBE of Oswego, bound for Chicago for grain, endeavored to enter the river about 2:00, but in consequence of having no canvas set except the peak of the jib, she ran by, and was carried upon the beach west of the pier. She let go her anchor and swung clear, drawing about 4 ft. of water. During the night she swung round so that yesterday she lay with her head up the lake. The sea had gone down, so that she was not damaged. She probably got off last night.
      About 11:00 Saturday night the schr. GEORGE DAVIS of Buffalo, attempted to enter the river, but loosing steerage way, she was carried over to the west pier where the heavy seas lifted her up, and carried her over the outside row of spiles and set her down between spiles so that she could not extricate herself. In coming in she struck the west pier and stove in her starboard side. She was in a dangerous position and thumped heavily upon the spiles through the night, damaging her severely. Yesterday morning the sea having gone down somewhat, efforts were made to get her off. The U.S. stm. MICHIGAN sent men to assist, and after several hours of ineffectual labor, the tugs D.P. RHODES and PETER SMITH made fast to her and endeavored to haul her off,
but scarecly any progress was made. She was fast upon the spiles and the sea going down.
      The GEORGE DAVIS is owned by Capt. Reuben Becker of the WESTSIDE. She lays in a dangerous position and it is probable she will have to be raised.
      Cleveland Leader
      October 10, 1859 3-3

      We hear of very little damage, as yet, by the northeastgale of Saturday. The Cleveland Leader says that the barque DANUBE, of Oswego, in endeavoring to make this port, was carried by and on to the beach west of the pier.
      The schooner GEORGE DAVIS, in attempting to make the harbor, lost her steerage way and was carried over the west pier. She was badly damaged.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      October 11, 1859

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Reason: aground
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Danube (Bark), aground, 9 Oct 1859