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Niagara (Barge), U163052, sunk, 7 Jul 1911

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      Crew Gets Off In Small Craft --- Vessel is saved.
      The pump boat NIAGARA, owned by the Fox & Holloway Sand Company, struck and sank near Windmill Point this morning. There was no loss of life.
      The NIAGARA was coming down from Point Abino to Buffalo, in tow of the tug WILLIAM P. DONNELLY, Capt. James W. Baker, loaded with sand. Near Windmill Point the NIAGARA struck a rock and stove a large hole in her bottom, forward. Filling rapidly she was towed in toward the dock and went down in shallow water. Several men on board had no difficulty in getting off in a small boat.
      The tug MAJOR SYMONS and the pump boat PERRY were immediately sent to the aid of the sunken boat. Reports received at noon indicate that the sand will be pumped out of the NIAGARA this afternoon, the hole patched and the damaged vessel brought to this harbor for permanent repairs tonight. The value of the NIAGARA is said to be $15,000, uninsured. --
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, July 8, 1911 10 - 4

The pump boat NIAGARA, of the Fox & Holloway Sand Company, which sank in lake Erie, near Windmill Point yesterday morning, was pumped out and brought into the harbor last night. The large hole which was punched in the bottom of the vessel when it struck was temporarily patched. Permanent repairs will be made in a few days. The NIAGARA in tow of the tug WILLIAM P. DONNELLY was coming down from Point Abino when she struck a shoal off Windmill Point. All the men on board got off in a small boat without difficulty.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, July 9, 1911

Barge NIAGARA U. S. No. 163052. Of 279 tons gross; 256 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1906. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Crew of 5.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911 [unrigged vessels]

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: sand
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.868333 Longitude: -79.008333
William R. McNeil
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Niagara (Barge), U163052, sunk, 7 Jul 1911