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Penobscot-Morania Collision

 
 
Penobscot-Morania Collision Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. Penobscot-Morania Collision Marker
Inscription. The worst disaster in Buffalo Harbor history took place in the Buffalo River at this point on the night of Oct. 29, 1951, when the outbound freighter Penobscot and the gasoline barge Morania collided, sparking an explosion and fire that took 11 lives.

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.
Upriver image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Upriver
Ships of the Buffalo Naval & Military Park in background.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fuhrman Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
 
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. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Towards Buffalo Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Towards Buffalo Lighthouse
Towards North Point of Channel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Towards North Point of Channel
 
 
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.
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