The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Storm Last Evening
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), 20 Jun 1850

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The Lake Erie Disaster.
Further of the Loss of the Griffith
Loss of 250 Lives!

Buffalo, June 18 - 4 P.M.

The number of passengers on board the Griffith when she took fire, is thus stated: -

Steerage - 256
Cabin - 45
Crew - 25
Total 326

Not a female or child was save, except the barber's wife. Fifteen were counted on board before the alarm. The number of those saved on the beach was only forty.

No books were saved. A list, therefore, of the names of passengers cannot be given. These we must catch as we can.

The accident has been attended with a fearful loss of life - as fearful as any we have ever had, and every means should be taken, not only to pay every respect to the dead, but to ascertain the cause of the disaster and the names of some of the lost:

Capt. Roby, wife and daughter; Michael Juno, 3d engineer; Mr. Mann, wheelsman; Mr. Traley; first porter; Messrs. Tillum & Paulding, saloon keepers, the wife and child of Wm. Tinkcon; R.S. Parks of Beaver, Pa.; C. Leonard, porters; D. Weaver, waiter; Mrs. Wilkinson, and daughters of J. Champion.

There were in about TWO HUNDRED OF FIFTY LOST, one hundred and fifty of whom were lying upon the beach, near the scene of the disaster when steamer Troy left.

The number known to be saved is about forty; among whom are Mr. Stebbins, the first engineer; the Clerk; Wm. Tinkcum, and Franklin Heath.

The Troy has nine bodies on board.

The flags of the shipping in this port were at half mast yesterday afternoon, as a token of sorrow at this disaster.

The boat was insured in this city, for $27,775, as follows: - In the Astor Co., New York $5,000; North Western C. $6,000; Buffalo Mutual Co., $6,000; Buffalo Merchants Mutual $5,000; Lexington Co. $2,500; Columbia Co. $2,275.

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20 Jun 1850
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Richard Palmer
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The Storm Last Evening