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Trader (Scow), sunk, 8 Jul 1908

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TRADER Scow. U. S. No. 162087. Built 1903, of 291 Tons. Barge foundered in the Niagara River, at Strawberry Island, and became a total loss July 8, 1908. No lives were lost.
      Loss of U. S. Vessels Reported in
      Fiscal Year 1909, M.V.U.S. 1909

      The sand scow TRADER was sunk in the Niagara River July 8. She lies 300 feet above Frog Island and 200 feet west of the ship channel. The least depth of water over the scow is eight feet, and a spar shows above water, on which a light is shown at night.
      Buffalo Evening news
      July 11, 1908

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Col. W. L. Fisk, United States Engineer at Buffalo has issued a circular notifying vesselmen of three important obstructions in the vicinity of Buffalo. The sand scow TRADER sunk in Niagara River July 8, lies abreast of the foot of Strawberry island, in the American Channel 300 feet west of the channel used by vessels. The scow lies in fifteen feet of water, with eight feet of water over it, the derrick projecting six feet above the surface. It is marked at night with a white lantern light.
      Buffalo Evening news
      July 27, 1908
      All the upper works of the sande dredge TRADER, sunk in 15 feet of water in the Strawberry Island Channel, Niagara River, have been carried away and no part of the wreck shows above water. The wreck is marked by a white lantern.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 2, 1908

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Trader (Scow), sunk, 8 Jul 1908