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Massasoit (Schooner), U75605, aground, 25 Nov 1904

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      MASSASOIT, Lumber laden, Went Adrift in Upper Niagara River.
The barge MASSASOIT, lumber laden, bound down from Presque Isle, collided with the intake pier just outside the harbor at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon and now lies straight across the Niagara River channel. Her cargo shifted, listing her, and the pumps are being worked to keep the boat from going to the bottom.
      When the accident occurred the boat was in tow of the steamer OCEANICA. The latter carried 1,500 tons of iron ore and had picked up the MASSASOIT at Presque Isle. Both were bound for Tonawanda. They passed the dummy light shortly after 4 o'clock and took the western channel to make the trip down the river. Just above the intake pier the OCEANICA's propeller wheel broke and the boat became helpless. The tow line between the two boats slackened up and then tightened with a jerk, snapped off short. The barge was then helpless.
      The swift current at this point swung her around and the big craft crashed broadside upon the heavy stone pier. A big hole was punched in her side, but the boat listed over until she held to the pier. Her stern swung around and lay across the channel, block in the way for other craft.
      The MASSASOIT was in charge of Capt. Charles Keemen, who had with him a crew of five men. With the exception of two men all of the crew left the boat and came ashore. The two men were left aboard her in order to keep the pumps working.
      The OCEANICA drifted down the river several hundred feet after the accident and was finally towed to one of the docks off the foot of Ferry Street by the ferryboat NIAGARA.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 26, 1904

      Stranded Barge Is Being Blown Up Piecemeal and Soon Will Disappear.
The demolition of the schooner MASSASOIT, stranded on the nose of the intake pier, has very nearly been completed and it is quite probable the pier will be clear of the obstruction tomorrow. All day yesterday the charges of dynamite were applied to the boat and she was gradually torn to pieces.
Those who have the work in charge began using cartridges containing heavier charges yesterday and the noise of the explosions could be plainly heard on shore. A large crowd gathered on the banks of the river, but there was very little to be seen. --- p. 11, c. 7.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, January 3, 1905
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      River Pirates Got Away With 3000 Feet of lumber From Hold of Stranded Barge.
A gang of river pirates boarded the wreck of the lumber barge MASSASOIT at the intake pier yesterday, in the absence of the wrecking gang, and after making a raft containing more than 3000 feet of Lumber that still remained on the boat, they floated it down the river to Strawberry Island. There the raft was broken up and the lumber hauled ashore.
The raid on the boat took place early in the morning and it was not until nearly noon yesterday that the wrecking gang resumed the work of dynamiting the boat. A number of heavy charges were exploded during the afternoon and a large section of the boat's stern was carried away. The work is progressing slowly, however, and Deputy Commissioner of Water, Lyon now thinks it will be Saturday or Sunday before the stranded vessel will be completely demolished.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, January 4, 1905 p. 7 c. 4.
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The barge MASSASOIT is still fast upon the pier of the city's water intake. Several charges of dynamite were exploded at the stem today, but the bow, weighted with two anchors and anchor chains, is still intact. A mass of ice about it helps to keep it a feature in the waterscape. Acting Mayor Stoddart went to the place today to see if he could give the boat a dose to move it, but gave it up when he saw the way it was wedged upon the pier.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, January 10, 1905 p. 1. c. 8.

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The wreck of the barge MASSASOIT has now been practically cleared from the intake pipe, the well of the pumping station are clear of slush ice and the officials of the Bureau of Water say the danger of a water famine is at an end.
The barge CARBONATE, which was used by the wreckers dynamiting the stranded barge MASSASOIT at the intake pier, sank yesterday while moored alongside one of the docks below Ferry Street. It is believed the force of the explosions under the MASSASOIT opened the vessel's seams.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, January 12, 1905 p. 4, c. 3
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      Damage Done by the MASSASOIT Will be Increased by ice Flees.
Weakened by the wrenching and bumping it got last fall while the MASSASOIT was stranded on its nose, the Inlet Pier is in danger of being battered down piecemeal if the ice noes coming down the river are not fended off in some manner.
Ice already has dislodged some of the stonework The pier is solidly built and is not likely to be entirely wiped out, but a deal of damage may be done by heavy noes banging into it. The repair bill next summer probably will be a big one.
Commissioner Ward called up the pumping station this forenoon to find out what there is to the report that ice noating down the river is breaking up the inlet Pier. Then he said:
"Chief Engineer Cloudsley says there is not any change in the pier. The nose was damaged by the MASSASOIT, and isn't in the best of shape. I cannot tell what the ice noes will do." "Have any fenders been put on the pier yet ??
"No. Bids were received on placing them, but the Aldermanic Committee hasn't acted yet."
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 25, 1905

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The hull of the lumber schooner MASSASOIT, which was stranded on the nose of the Inlet Pier last fall and stuck there all winter, broke in two yesterday and in the forenoon the stern floated down the river a short distance and lodged in the channel. About 8 o'clock last eveing the bow followed suit, narrowly missing the ferry boat NIAGARA, which was crossing the river, but was warned by the whistles at the pier to be on the lookout for trouble and saw the piece of wreckage in time. Vesselmen say these pieces of wreck ought to be cleared from the channel.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, March 27, 1905

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The barge CARBONATE is expected to be floated and towed to the Buffalo Drydock Company for repairs today or tomorrow. She sank at the Intake Pier in an attempt to release the MASSASOIT.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, March 27, 1905

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Acting on behalf of most of the owners of the 63 boats in ordinary at the Tonawandas, Secretary Trimble of the Tonawanda Board of Trade, has written to U. S. Engineer Adams at Buffalo asking that some action be taken for the removal of the hull of the barge MASSASOIT in the Niagara River. Secretary Trimble says the wreck will be a great menace to shipping interests when navigation opens.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, March 31, 1905

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In response to an appeal made by vesselmen at the Tonawandas to have the wreck of the barge MASSASOIT removed from the Niagara River, a statement was made by the officials of the U. S. Engineer's office here that steps will be taken as soon as possible to locate the remains of the hull and remove whatever obstruction may be caused.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 1, 1905
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      Capt. John J. Boland and Charles Keenan as owners of the lumber schr. MASSASOIT, wrecked late last fall on the waterworks intake in Niagara River, and as trustees of the owner of the vessel's cargo, have filed a libel against the prop. OCEANICA for $25,000 damages for the loss of the boat and cargo. The MASSASOIT was in tow of the OCEANICA when she went on the pier. The libelants claim that the MASSASIOT was wrecked because of mismanagement of the pilot and crew of the OCEANICA.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 6, 1905 8-2

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      A portion of the schooner MASSASIOT was located yesterday by Capt. Robert McMurray of the tug INTERNATIONAL. It lies in mid-stream about 300 feet from the tug dock. The United States Engineer will at once be notified of this menace to navigation, and pending its removal a mark will be placed over it as a warning.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 19, 1905

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Tonawanda, May 25. -- The steamer ALGONA struck an obstruction near the Tonawanda Waterworks crib in the Niagara River this morning and sank in less than ten minutes. The ALGONA was loaded with lumber for the Eastern Lumber Company's and was turning towards the Company's dock with the barges TILDEN and WARMINGTON in tow when she struck.
      The tug TONAWANDA went to the assistance of the steamer and towed it to Scribner's Dock, where it now rests on the bottom of the 18 foot channel. Marine men say that the ALGONA likely struck a part of the barge MASSASOIT, which has floated down the river from the Buffalo Waterworks pier and lodged in the channel.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 25, 1905

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      North Tonawanda, June 1 - Marine men here claim that part of the old MASSASOIT hull has drifted down the Niagara River from Buffalo and is now lodged in the channel on the river off the head of Tonawanda Island. Twice this season vessels have struck the wreckage with considerable damage to their hulls. Today the yacht MILLS ran hard onto the wrecked hull and a tug had to release her. The officials at Buffalo will be notified and requested to investigate.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 2, 1907 21-3

Schooner MASSASOIT, of 842 gross tons; formerly the JESSE LIND, built 1874 at Gibralter. Chartered ocean service, 1898.
      Hist. of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield

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      North Tonawanda, June 9 - The work of removing the burned hull of the stm. EMBURY which sunk 3 years ago above Electric Park on Grand Island shore will be completed this week. The dynamiting of the sunken hull has been causing much havoc to the fish in the upper river. Considerable wreckage has been floating down the river and the marine men claim that a large piece of the old vessel is now laying in the channel off the head of Tonawanda Island.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 10, 1907 8-3

Schooner barge MASSASOIT.* U. S. No. 75605. Of 842 gross tons; 800 tons net. Built Gibralter, Mich., 1874. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 189.6 x 34.0 x 16.5 Crew of 6.
      * Formerly schooner JESSE LINN
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

NOTE - It appears that the wreckage could be from the MASSASOIT or EMBURY ?

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Massasoit (Schooner), U75605, aground, 25 Nov 1904