Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Utica (Steamboat), aground, 1 Apr 1850
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Wreck of a Genesee Steamer -. - We understand that Mr. Snow, of the lake House, and some other gentlemen residing at the mouth of the Genesee River, purchased a few days since a fine little steamer called the UTICA, at Sackets Harbor, designed to be used on our River and the Lake as a tug steamer, and for excursions of pleasure parties.
The UTICA left Sackets harbor the other day, bound for this port, but a storm came up in the night, and the Capt. thought best to put into Oswego until daylight. The gentleman in command of the Utica probably not being very familiar with the light-houses upon the south shore, and not exactly knowing what speed the steamer was making, mistook the Port Ontario Light for that of Oswego. Port Ontario is some 20 miles east of Oswego, and rather a peculiar harbor to enter.
      The steamer was headed for Port Ontario Light, and would have got into the harbor safely, had the piers been located as they are at Oswego, but unfortunately they were not, and the boat went ashore, almost high and dry, where she yet lays, although it is thought she may be got off by removing some of her machinery.
      Rochester Advertiser
      Monday, April 20, 1850

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Reason: aground
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.56674 Longitude: -76.18798
William R. McNeil
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Utica (Steamboat), aground, 1 Apr 1850