Willowick in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Griffith Disaster, 1850
Erected 2000 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Lake Metropark, City of Willowick, the Lake County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-43.)
Topics and series. This historical marker Disasters • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1850.
Location. 41° 38.435′ N, 81° 28.539′ W. Marker is in Willowick, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lakeshort Boulevard and Bayridge Boulevard and East 305th St, on the right when traveling west. It is shoreside near Lakefront Lodge and the Willowick Police Department at Lakeshore Lodge Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eastlake OH 44095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coulby Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Henry Kelsey Devereux and “The Spirit of ’76” (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 (approx. 3½ miles away); Four Institutions of Learning (approx. 3.6 miles away); Willoughby Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Willoughby Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); A. Y. Austin Post 74, G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cora Gaines Carrel (approx. 3.6 miles away).
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1. Wikipedia Entry. Around 4 am on 17 June, the Griffith was about two miles out of Fairport when the ship’s wheelsman, Richard Mann, reported sparks shooting up around the ship’s smokestacks. C. C. Roby, the ship’s captain, ordered the ship’s course altered towards the shore. The Griffith’s speed fanned the flames, consuming the aft of the ship and forcing the passengers forward. The crew abandoned their posts, causing the Griffith’s engines to run out of steam and the paddle wheels to slow and stop. However, the ship’s momentum carried it forward until it hit a sandbar in water eight feet deep less than half a mile from the beach. (Submitted on May 21, 2019.)
2. Burning of the G. P. Griffith.. 1956 article in Lloyd’s Steamboat Directory and Disasters on the Western Waters. Excerpt: “The passengers were all in their berths when the alarm of fire was given, about three o’clock in the morning. The day had just begun to dawn, and the shore was in sight. At first very little alarm was felt on board, as the boat was rapidly approaching the shore, to which her head had been directed. But alas ! the prospect of speedy deliverance soon vanished, and every heart was chilled with terror when the steamer, while yet half a mile from land, struck on a sand-bar and became immovable.” (Submitted on May 21, 2019.)
Additional keywords. The Griffith Disaster, 1850
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 662 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.