The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cuyahoga (Propeller), aground, 9 Apr 1890

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      The CAYUGA Becomes Unmanageable in a Gale and is Beached at Georgia Street.
      Queer Accident to a Quarter Million Dollar Boat --The Tugs Finally Rescue Her.
      During the heavy gale last evening the large propeller CAYUGA of the Lehigh line drifted on the rocks at the foot of Georgia street. She went down stream for some distance, pounding heavily and sometimes almost capsizing. When the wind went down the water receded and left her hard aground aft. She was still there this morning with six tugs trying to pull her off. Lines had been fixed fore and aft, and three tugs were hauling at each line without making headway.
The propeller started out entirely light in tow of the tug GEE about 4 P. M. She became unmanageable as soon as he tug left her outside the breakwater. Her bow, which stood high out of the water, could not be kept to the wind, and she drifted on to the shoal, scraped, released and drifted to the shore. The heavy sea made it
impossible to get a line from tugs, though the Life Saving crew assisted, and it was not until the wind and sea had gone down and she was aground that she could be reached.
The CAYUGA was built last year and is worth $250,000. Capt. Edward Condon was In charge when the disaster occurred.
      About 9 o'clock this morning the persistent work of the tugs was rewarded. The propeller started and slowly moved. She made progress of about two boat lengths in an hour.
      At the Lehigh offices this morning it was stated that the CAYUGA is a very staunch boat, and that it is unlikely she Is seriously injured.
      The steamer was pulled off by the tugs shortly before noon.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 10, 1890
      . . . . .
      The propeller CAYUGA is not nearly so badly injured as was feared. Some of her keel plates are bent out of shape, but none are cut through. Her shoe is gone and the wheel is broken.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 11, 1890

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Cuyahoga (Propeller), aground, 9 Apr 1890