Buffalo, NY Boating Accident, Apr 1897


Buffalo, April 5. -- A sailing skiff capsized in the Niagara River and THOMAS DOWD, 23, and EDWARD BOWLING, 39, were drowned. JAMES O'HARE, the third occupant of the boat, was rescued. The men had been on a fishing expedition and when coming up the river the boat was capsized by a sudden gust of wind. The accident happened within 100 feet off shore, and the men, although good swimmers, feared to attempt to swim ashore. DOWD tried to do so, but sank almost immediately. Just as rescuers reached the upturned boat BOWLING sank from sight. O'HARE will recover.

Portsmouth Daily Times Ohio 1897-04-05