The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Large Break in the Canal
Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 30 Apr 1853

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A break occurred in the Erie Canal, near the village of Orville, about six miles east of this city, on Thursday, and so rapidly was the bank washed away, that in a short time about twenty feet of the heel path was entirely destroyed. Nearly one hundred feet of the toepath (sic) was also much injured. The break is just at the east end of the aqueduct over the Butternut Creek, and the earth is washed away to such an extent, as to leave a large part of the wall exposed.

     A large force of workmen are engaged in repairing it, and it is supposed that it will be finished sometime tonight, but it is exceedingly doubtful. Boats are "laying up" for a great distance on each side. The Packet Basin in front of our office is full of fine looking boats.

     When the break occurred, the boat John Adams, from Buffalo, loaded with pork going east, happened to be passing, but so rapid was the passage of the water through the break, that she was broken fairly in two. The bow, we are informed, stands almost perpendicular. We did not learn the amount of the loss.

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30 Apr 1853
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.0440077325362 Longitude: -76.0513114929199
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Large Break in the Canal