Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Peacock (Steamboat), aground, 19 Jun 1835
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The Steam Boat WILLIAM PEACOCK, which we mentioned on Monday had been driven on the rocks, in endeavoring to enter Dunkirk Harbor, during the late gale, has we learn by the Dunkirk Whig of Tuesday, been got off with but inconsiderable damage; and was expected to leave that port for Buffalo, this morning. Previous to her attempt to enter that harbor, the Captain picked up a man in a skiff, who had been driven from shore amid the conflicting elements and all attempts to reach it proving fruitless had lain down, resigned to his fate, when the steamboat [ ? ].
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, June 24, 1835

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      WILLIAM PEACOCK - This vessel, during the severe gale on the 13th. was driven aground at the entrance of Dunkirk Harbor. The passengers, about sixty in number, were taken off safe, and the boat has been got off without any damage. We copy the following from the Dunkirk Whig, to show that no blame can attach to any person, for the risk encountered in this accident. All the passengers, with whom we have conversed, concur in awarding to Captain Pratt and his crew, great praise for their unremitted exertions to bring the boat safely into harbor.
      The ladies also, on board, bestowed high enconiums on Mrs. Pratt, the wife of the Captain, who happened to be on board, for her firmness, as well as for her unwearied attention to their wants, during a season of peril and confusion.
      The PEACOCK on her way, picked up a man afloat in a small skiff, some ten or twelve miles from land. Having become exhausted by his efforts to regain the shore, he had lain himself down in his little bark awaiting his destiny, which he presumed was sudden death, and had it not been for the PEACOCK, he must in all probility, have perished.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Thursday, June 25, 1835

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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William Peacock (Steamboat), aground, 19 Jun 1835