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Crystal (Steamboat), U150032, damaged by ice, 1904

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The old steamer CRYSTAL, owned by the Crystal Beach Steamboat Company, went down at her dock at the foot of Ferry Street yesterday. The boat was used some years ago on the run from Buffalo to Crystal Beach, but has been abandoned for some time, owing to her unseaworthy condition. Low water in the river is given as the cause of the sinking, it being said the boat settled on some piling, causing her to dip and the water to flow in. An effort may be made to raise her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 8, 1904

      Running ice in Niagara River has badly damaged the paddlebox and wheel of the stm. CRYSTAL, sunk at her dock below Ferry St. The vessel went to the bottom of the river last summer and so far no efforts has been made to float her. The CRYSTAL formerly ran between the foot of Main St. and Crystal Beach.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 14, 1905 8-3

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      1s a Nuisance and a Menace to Navigation at the Foot of Ferry Street.
The wrecked excursion steamer Crystal, which has long been a nuisance at the foot of Ferry street, will, so the owners say, be shortly raised and taken away. This boat was jammed against the dock about 100 feet below the ferry last fall during high water, and when the river level lowered, she was left hanging on the spiles. Many complaints on the part of the ferry company, International Tug Company and dock property owners, have been made to the owners. Joseph Rebstock. John Rebstock and others, who claim that they have asked for bids to raise the vessel, and as soon as these are received, they will take steps to remove her. Some of the vesselmen claim, however, that the boat is not worth raising, which accounts for the owners' inaction.
On examination the boat appears to have been well stripped of about everything portable, probably by river pirates, and the only thing of value left in her is the boiler. Her engines and machinery are of an old type, and are worthless apparently, except as scrap. Her hull appears to be all right, and if she were raised and her upper works stripped, the hull would probably answer for a lighter. One junk dealer said he would not undertake to raise her for the scrap.
Samuel Sloan is anxious to see her taken away for he would immediately build a dock for his excursion steamers" 20th. Century" and "Argosy." Children climb around her, and the bridge tender at the ferry says it is a wonder some one has not already been drowned off her.
Untied States Engineer Col. Adams says she is out of his jurisdiction, which extends only to within 80 feet of the shore. Canal Superintendent Kraft says the Canal Department has nothing to do with her, but that if he had say, he would have her up and away within 30 days or blow her up.
The ferry company officers consider the boat, In its present position, a menace to navigation, a nuisance to the, particularly in winter when the ice jams in against her, blocking the passage to their dock, and an eye-sore generally, and they state that unless the owners take definite action to remove her very soon, they will take the matter into their own hands and see what can be done.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 26, 1905

Steam paddle CRYSTAL.* U.S. No. 150032. Of 551 tons gross; 405 tons net. Built at Detroit, Mich., in 1875. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 177.0 x 28.8 x 10.0 and 400 Indicated horse power, crew of 15.
      *Formerly steam paddle PEARL.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1902

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Reason: damaged by ice
Lives: nil
Remarks: abandoned ??
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Crystal (Steamboat), U150032, damaged by ice, 1904