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William H. Nottingham (Propeller), U81804, aground, 23 Jan 1910

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All means of access to "the island" by rail has been cut off since 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by the grounding of the steamer WILLIAM H. NOTTINGHAM in the draws of the two bridges over the Blackwell Canal. The Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction Company has been forced to run cars around by Limestone Hill instead of by its own line, thereby losing 25 minutes between Buffalo and the Steel Plant and the Buffalo Creek Railroad has been unable to get cars across to the great inconvenience of the industries on the island.
      The NOTTINGHAM was being towed from the Tifft Farm to an elevator in the harbor when she stuck fast in such a way that she blocked both bridges, which are only about 200 feet apart. Today all the tugs that can be used to advantage are at work, but it probably will be necessary to lighter part of her cargo of grain before the boat will be released.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, January 24, 1910

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The steamer NOTTINGHAM still blocks the bridges across the Blackwell Canal, cutting off all the traffic by rail between "the Island" and the main land. A derrick rigged on a dock near by is being used in an effort to release her. A locomotive was called into use yesterday afternoon without success.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, January 25, 1910

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      One Bridge Open.
On account of low water it will be impossible to release the steamer NOTTINGHAM, aground in the draw of the bridge over the Blackwell Canal, today, but the vessel has been moved about 32 feet, which clears the highway bridge, so the railroad bridge is the only one now blocked. Pedestrians can cross the foot bridge, so hereafter The Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction Company will be able to run cars over its own line, transferring passengers at the canal.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, January 26, 1910

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      Since the steamer NOTTINGHAM was released after blocking the two bridges across the Blackwell canal, the Buffalo Creek Railroad has decided not to allow other ships to pass through until the water in the canal rises. This ties up two big steamers loaded with grain for export. But Buffalo Creek intend soon to build a new bridge of the bascule type across the canal, to replace the present swing bridge.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, January 31, 1910

Steam screw WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM. U. S. No. 81804. Of 4,234 tons gross; 3,070. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1902. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 376.5 x 50.8 x 29.0 Passenger service. Crew of 22. Steel built. Of 1,200 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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William H. Nottingham (Propeller), U81804, aground, 23 Jan 1910