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Union (Steamboat), U92654, sunk, 12 Oct 1902

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While tied up in the harbor at the foot of Auburn avenue yesterday, the old ferry steamer UNION gave up the ghost and sank to the bottom with no one to lament her fate. Saturday it was noticed the old hulk had a list to one side. She gradually settled lower until she disappeared.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 13, 1902
Capt. John Kraft, Canal Superintendent, has ordered the canal near the foot of Ferry street cleared of all the old sunken boats, four or five in number. Among them is the old steamer UNION, which plied for years between Fort Erie and the foot of Ferry Street. The UNION sank while tied up to the canal last fall. Wreckers suceeded in getting the steamer fairly well up yesterday, but she sprunk a few more leaks and went again to the bottom. Today she is floating and the contractors having the work in charge are hopeful of better luck.
Thomas Ryan owns one or two of the boats. He has been ordered to have them removed. Capt. Kraft says he doesn't expect any trouble about the work. Mr. Ryan has not yet started to raise his boats.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 8, 1903
A photograph of the steamer UNION was printed in the Buffalo Evening News dated Aug. 16, 1903, with the remark underneath, " The UNION, for years the ferry between Buffalo and Fort Erie, recently raised from the Erie Canal. What is to become of the old favorite now is a matter of conjecture. She is now lying at the dock in Fort Erie, as though once more glad to ride the beautiful waters of Niagara."

      Steam paddle WATERTOWN.* Official Canada No. 92654. Of 280 gross tons. Built at Kingston, Ont., 1866 by George Thurston. 132.0 x 23.6 x 6.8.
      * Renamed UNION - Canada - 1898 [ferry]
      Herman Runge List

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Union (Steamboat), U92654, sunk, 12 Oct 1902