Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), aground, 1 Aug 1818
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To the Editor of the Niagara Patriot.
Sir----Having observed in the Erie Paper of the 29th ult, an article in relation to the steam boat, in which was stated, that she could not enter the harbor at Dunkirk, on her first trip up the lake, in consequence of obstructions at its mouth; as a citizen of that place, I have conceived it my duty to lay before the public such information as I possess on that subject.
The Steam Boat attempted to enter the harbor in the dusk of the evening, and the pilot being unacquainted with t, she ran too near the north point and struck on the bar. The entrance of the harbor has since been thoroughly examined, and is found to be of sufficient depth for the admission of almost any craft on the lake. The south channel has been buoyed out, and contains 11 feet of water throughout. The north channel has only 9 feet of water, and the bar between them varies from seven to five feet six inches.
It thus appears , that instead of being unable to enter at all, there is, for three fourths of a mile, sufficient water to admit the Steam Boat into the harbor.
The Dunkirk Company have erected a wharf, where vessels can lie for the purpose of receiving and discharging their cargoes. Whenever the Steam Boat wishes to come into Dunkirk, a pilot will be furnished on application, who will be able to take her in without difficulty.
September 8, 1818
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- Reason: aground
Remarks: Got off
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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