Tonawanda

by Jim Kennard


Year Built

1856

Year Sank

1870

Depth

48 ft (14.6 m)

Difficulty Level

Intermediate


Tonawanda

Wreck Location

Approximately 5 miles from Buffalo harbor
~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   42° 50' 43.8" N      Longitude:   -78° 58' 59.9988" W

Description

The wooden propeller, Tonawanda, was nearing Buffalo during a heavy storm and signalled for assistance.  While being towed and within 5 miles from the harbor the ship listed and sank.  Salvage attempts were made but failed.  She was carrying heavy loads of flour, corn and pig iron and may have been overloaded.



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