The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Niagara (Propeller), aground, 8 Jun 1903

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The steamer NIAGARA of the Erie Anthracite Line went on the beach near Seneca Shoals, on the south shore seven miles from Buffalo, in the thick fog this morning. She was loaded with wheat for Fort William. She struck about 5 o'clock, bow on the beach, and is out 14 inches forward with her stern in deep water.
      At 6:50 o'clock Capt. Budd of the NIAGARA succeeded in making shore in a small boat. He made his way to the nearest telephone and notified the Great Lakes Towing Company's office of the situation of his vessel. The tugs MASON and GEE, two of the best on the lakes, were immediately sent to the boat to attempt to release her. It is not known whither it will be necessary to lighter her. The boat is in no immediate danger unless a storm comes up.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 8, 1903

      The propeller NIAGARA, grain laden from Fort William, which went aground yesterday morning at Seneca Shoals, was released early this morning by tugs of the Great Lakes Towing Company. It was necessary to lighter her before she could be released. She was brought into harbor to the Electric Elevator at 5 o'clock this morning. It is not thought that she is badly damaged, though no thorough examination has yet been made.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 9, 1903

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.78589 Longitude: -78.88031
William R. McNeil
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Niagara (Propeller), aground, 8 Jun 1903