The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George W. Collins (Canal Boat), dynamite explosion, 12 Mar 1910

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Tonawanda, March 12. - A tremendous charge of dynamite that was exploded aboard the canal-boat S. C. LILLIS in Ellicott Creek, near the Rose dry-dock, at 9:45 o'clock last night, sent the boat to the bottom and smashed windows four miles away. The cabin of the boat was blown to pieces and the bottom was ripped out. A hole was torn in the side of the canal boat GEORGE W. COLLINS, owned by George W. Collins of Buffalo, which was lying nearby, and the canal boat LOUIS A. DIEBOLD was also damaged. Neither of these sank, as the holes are above the waterline.
The LILLIS is owned by Ira M. Rose and was about to be repaired at his dry-dock. This morning Mr. Rose said he had no idea why his boat was destroyed, but added that a man in business necessarily makes enemies. It was said that Mr. Rose recently acquired the boat through a foreclosure. Another story that gained circulation is to the effect that some non-union labor employed at the dry-dock might have some bearing on the explosion. No one has attempted to advance a definite reason for the outrage.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 12, 1910

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Reason: dynamite explosion
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.02033 Longitude: -78.88032
William R. McNeil
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George W. Collins (Canal Boat), dynamite explosion, 12 Mar 1910