Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A Canal Break at Adams'  Basin
Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 1 Jun 1853
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A break occurred in the Erie Canal at 1 o'clock, on Sunday morning, at Kings and Adams' Basin, about 15 miles west of Rochester.

     A despatch to the Albany Journal states that a culvert has gone out with forty yards of the heel and tow path, and forty feet of the bottom. It will take at least from eight to ten days, and it may be a longer time, to repair it, owing to the absence of teams and men.

     The Rochester Democrat gives the following account of it:

     A large culvert near that place has given way, and the towing-path and berm bank have both been carried away for several yards. Two boats, one loaded with coal and the other having a cargo of Railroad iron, were drawn into the gulf, and it was found necessary to break them up in order to remove them. The water in the long level was rapidly reduced by this outlet, and loaded boats were soon aground. Dams were at once constructed, however, and the channel at this point is nearly full again. Boats will be able to ply Eastward from this place without hindrance.

     We regret to learn that Mr. Warner, the Superintendent, is now sick, and unable to attend to the repairing of the break. The work, however, will be prosecuted with despatch, and with good weather and other circumstances favorable, the break will be mended in from six to ten days - probably two or three days within the latter period. 

     We shall have further accounts for our morning edition.

     The Union of last evening has the following:

     The boat "F.V.D. Horton," of the Eckford Line, bound to Buffalo with a cargo of Railroad iron, was carried into the breach and left a complete wreck. The scow boat "Estes," of Jordan, laden with coal, shared the same fate. The cargo of both boats have been removed, and the boats destroyed to get at the culvert. the scow boat "S. Pratt," laden with cement, was also partially drawn into the breach, but she will be saved.

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1 Jun 1853
Richard Palmer Collection
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.195716926508 Longitude: -77.8534984588623
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A Canal Break at Adams'  Basin