by Jim Kennard

Year Built


Year Sank



48 ft (14.6 m)

Difficulty Level



Wreck Location

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


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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