Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The collision occurred as the 230-foot tank barge, carrying 19,200 barrels of gasoline and pushed by the tug Dauntless, rounded the lighthouse point and cut across the channel towards the Erie Basin. The Penobscot hit the low, unlit barge, rupturing two tanks and spilling gasoline that ignited when the vessels pulled apart.
Capt. Louis Guyette and wheelsman Roy Richardson died at their posts in the Penobscot's burning pilot house, while swinging the vessel's stern against this pier so crewmen could slide down ropes to safety.
Erected by Buffalo Lighthouse Association.
Location. 42° 52.668′ N, 78° 53.27′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Fuhrmann Boulevard near The Skyway (New York State Route 5). Click for map. Marker is on the Coast Guard walkway along the Buffalo River, open 10A to sunset. The gated walkway begins at the northern terminus of Fuhrmann Boulevard and leads to the Buffalo Lighthouse.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. International Shipmasters' Association (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lifeboat Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); The Coast Guard (about 500 feet away); Buffalo Harbor (about 500 feet away); Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light (about 500 feet away); The Lighthouse Service (about 500 feet away); Buffalo Main & Harbor Lights (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . .
1. Barge and Freighter Collide, Oct. 1951 - Gendisasters.com. UP news story of the disaster. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Morania Fire - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.