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City of Buffao (Steamboat), collision, 20 May 1898

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      Steamer CITY OF BUFFALO Crashed Into The PETER GORMAN -- Crew Saved.
The tug PETER GORMAN, owned by D. Johnson of Detroit, Mich., and used by Hington & Woods, local contractor, in towing mud scows from Dunkirk, was sunk by the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company's steamer CITY OF BUFFALO two miles beyond the breakwater last night about 9 o'clock.
      Both left Buffalo about the same time, the tug bound for Dunkirk and the steamer for Cleveland. On board the tug were E.H. Corbin of Detroit, Captain; William Calland of Cleveland, Engineer, and Roy Churchill of Detroit, fireman. The steamer carried a number of passengers bound for Cleveland.
      Corbin and the others were first aware of danger when the bow of the steamer loomed up in front of them in the darkness. A crash followed and the tug rolled over and sank. Her life raft floated free and the members of the crew swam to it and climbed aboard. Soon afterwards they were picked up by the tug R.H. HEBARD, which put out from the breakwater in response to the signals of the steamer RAPPAHANNOCK which was passing when the collision occurred.
      They were landed by the HEBARD at the foot of Main Street. After being assured of the safety of the tug's crew the CITY OF BUFFALO continued on her way to Cleveland. Steps will be taken at once to raise the sunken tug.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, May 21, 1898

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      The tug PETE GORMAN which was sunk in the lake a few nights ago, is not so badly damaged as was expected. As we stated heretofore, she was picked up by a dredge and carried to shallow water inside the breakwater. She may be floated again today.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 27, 1898 3-1

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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City of Buffao (Steamboat), collision, 20 May 1898