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Islabella J. Boyce (Propeller), U100446, aground, 16 Jul 1895

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      ISABEL J. BOYCE Hard Aground Off Bird Island Pier And Will Have To Be Lightered..
The steamer ISABEL J. BOYCE is on a reef in the river off Bird Island Pier. She is heavily laden with lumber and will have to be lightered.
Last night the tug CHARLES S. PARNELL towed the BOYCE and her consort up the river. They came up along the Canadian shore, after they passed the International Bridge until the were opposite the Fort Erie landing of the steamer UNION.
Here it was found impossible to make headway against the current and the tug started for the American shore. Opposite the water-works the steamer took a sheer and went on the rocks.
      The tugs INTERNATIONAL and MAYTHAM came to the rescue. All three tugs pulled on the BOYCE for hours, but were unable to release her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, July 17, 1895

Steam screw ISABELLA J. BOYCE. U. S. No. 100446. Of 368.28 tons gross; 316.95 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis, 1889. Home port, Grand haven, Mich. 138.0 x 29.6 x 11.0 280 estimated Nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.90228 Longitude: -78.90393
William R. McNeil
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Islabella J. Boyce (Propeller), U100446, aground, 16 Jul 1895