Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 16. -- Boats in this vicinity fared badly last night. The wind proved more disastrous to shipping than for many years hereabouts. The fine propeller AVON, of the Union Steamboat Line, is almost high and dry on the south beach, about a mile above the lighthouse. Captain Marion states that when abreast of Dunkirk her iron tiller broke. A wooden one was substituted, and that also broke. An oak fender was brought into requisition, but that also proved insufficient. She had drifted down to here when two tugs succeeded in getting lines to her. Both, however, gave way, leaving her to the mercy of the waves which landed her where she now lies.
The AVON is one of the largest and finest propellers on the lakes. She measures 1,702 tons, was built at Buffalo by the Union Drydock Company in 1877, rates A 1*, and is valued at 130,000. The Union Steamboat Company are the owners. Hull and cargo insured.
The little Canadian schooner MAPLE LEAF is also on South Beach, three miles above the lighthouse. She is well up.
J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883
Steamer AVON, ashore at Buffalo, owned by Union Steamboat Company. Valued at $100,000; insured for $65,000: Damages heavy.
Casualty List for 1883
November 21, 1883
Steam screw AVON. U. S. No. 105733. Of 1702.33 tons gross; 1538.84 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1877. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 251.1 x 35.4 x 15.1. Of 500 nominal horse-power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885