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Another Break in the Canal Break in the Canal.
Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 10 May 1853

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The Canal gave way about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, near Orville, at the place where the large break occurred a few days  ago, and has caused nearly as bad a breach as the former one. About sixty or seventy feet of the berm embankment, just east of the Aqueduct over the Butternut Creek, are entirely washed away.

The channel of the Canal is also cut out badly for nearly three hundred feet, and the tow path slightly injured for some distance. The walls of the Aqueduct, which is an old one, are cracked some, and one of the abutments started considerably, although there are no fears that it will give way.

Dams have been built, allowing boats to lie on the level on each side of the break. The work of repairing commenced briskly yesterday morning, by  large force of workmen and teams, and it is thought the embankment will be thrown up so that boats can pass tomorrow morning. There is however some doubt the work being completed in so short a time. We learn that the break is too serious to admit it.

At the time the break occurred, Superintendent King was on the bank examining the late repairs, which were pronounced good by the experienced. Boats are lying up fast, and before night the level through this city will be full.

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10 May 1853
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.0440077325362 Longitude: -76.0513114929199
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Another Break in the Canal Break in the Canal.