The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hutchinson, struck dock, 7 Mar 1908

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      Boilers Were Shifted, Breaking Steam Pipes, And Crew Had Narrow Escape
      Pilot John Callahan of the fireboat HUTCHINSON rammed the steel nose of the heavy craft into what he believed to be a field of solid ice in Buffalo River directly in front of the Electric Elevator yesterday afternoon. The supposed piece of ice turned out to be a mass of slush and the fireboat crashed head on into the elevator dock.
The shock of the collision displaced the boat's boilers and great jets of steam burst from the torn pipes. Engineer George Campbell and Fireman Farley, who were in the engine room, fled for their lives. Not until the boiler had been drained and the scalding steam had drifted away did the men venture back on the boat.
      The vessel was taken in tow by the fireboat POTTER and was moored at the receiving pier of a drydock company.
After an examination had been made of her engines and boilers, it was said she had been badly damaged and it might be several weeks before she could again be put in service.
      In the meantime the miles of waterfront will be protectedm by only two fireboats, the GRATTAN and POTTER. The latter craft and the HUTCHINSON have been engaged in the work of breaking ice in the Buffalo River for several weeks.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 7, 1908

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Reason: struck dock
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Hutchinson, struck dock, 7 Mar 1908