Lively Times In The Harbor - Several Vessels Adrift and Considerable Damage Done - The Danger Not Passed
The ice gorge in the west channel of the river, between Cayuga and Seneca streets, gave way this morning about 11 o'clock, and the water rushed down with great fury, carrying with it the schooners CASCADE and SOUTHWEST of Cleveland, the E.R. WILLIAMS of Toledo. Chains and large hawsers with which the schooners were moored were as ropes of sand, and parted as easily, while timber heads broke as readily as pipe stems.
The CASCADE made one mad plunge and ran half way across the river before she was stopped by the firm ice and at this writing is still in mid river with a large force of volunteer mariners trying to heave her into the elevators on the east side. The CASCADE contains a portion of a cargo of wheat belonging to the Oswego Milling Company. She is damaged considerably amidships on the starboard side from whence two timber heads were pulled.
The E.R. WILLIAMS, which has wheat for Penfield, Lyon & Co., was forced down stream the N.T. dock, where she is being secured. With the exception of the breaking of her bob stays and the springing of her bowsprit, she is intact. The Southwest swung around with the current and now lies head downstream outside of the WILLIAMS, where she will doubtless be secured. her stern shows the effects of fooling with harder substance.
In the general crash that followed the breaking up of the gorge, one of the vessels ran foul of schooner ELVINA's jib boom and snapped it off at the cap. The brig E. COHEN has weathered the fury of the elements and today her bunting is to the breeze. her Captain, M.Golden, says that St. Patrick is guarding her, and he has no fears of trouble from ice or water.
Should the ice above the dam give way while the center channel of the river is blocked, trouble may be looked for among the shipping. it was hoped that the strong wind blowing from the westward, which is now blowing, would create a sea which would break the ice in the river, but so far no wave has been able to reach within a quarter of a mile of the pier.
March 17, 1875
Schooner ELVINA. U. S. No. 8263. Of 296.75 tons gross; 281.92 tons net. Built Sacket,s Harbor, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Tonawanda, N.Y. 137.5 x 26.0 x 11.0.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885