Buffalo, NY Yacht RUNG BROTHERS Accident, Aug 1895
SIX MEN DROWNED.
STEAM YACHT CAPSIZES OFF BUFFALO.
PLEASURE CRAFT BADLY HANDLED BY AMATEUR SAILORS FOUNDERS IN SIGHT OF SHORE -- SIX OF THE THIRTEEN ON BOARD ARE DROWNED.
Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 21. -- The fifty-seven foot steam yacht Rung Brothers, owned by the Burley Brothers, of this city, foundered early last evening between the inner government lighthouse and the Reading coal trestle.
The following six men were drowned:
All the occupants of the boat were employes of the New York Central Stock Yards at East Buffalo, and had formed part of a party of thirteen men who went down the Niagara River in the morning for a day's outing. After passing the best part of the day at various Grand Island resorts, the yacht was headed up the river for home. Four passengers were landed at the foot of Ferry Street, and the captain made his course for the foot of Genesee Street, the point of starting.
In doing so he was compelled to cross the lower end of Lake Erie in a spot not protected by the breakwater. A high wind had been blowing all day, and there was a big sea on. Caught in the trough of the waves when near the Reading coal trestle, off the foot of Georgia Street, the yacht careened to one side, filled rapidly, and went down almost instantly. Some of the party could swim, and they were picked up by one of the harbor tugs that was passing. The sunken boat was comparatively new and was reputed to be a good craft in rough weather, having made duck-hunting trips up the lake last fal when all the other boats in the port were in winter quarters.
Sterling Standard Illinois 1895-08-22