Erie, PA (Lake Erie) Steamer CATARACT Wreck, June 1861


Erie, Pa., June 16.
The propeller Cataract, Capt. McNELLY, from Cleveland to Dunkirk, took fire about 8 o'clock, off this city, and the boat and cargo entirely destroyed. Four persons are known to have been drowned by the swamping of a small boat; their names are:
JOHN E. PERRIGAN, watchman.
JOHN POSEY, deck hand.
C. H. GOWENS, deck hand.
The survivors were brought to this city by the tug Brooks, which went to the Cataract.
She was owned by Frank Peror, of Buffalo, and was loaded with flour, alcohol, tobacco, &c. The fire is said to have originated in some way from the alcohol. The clerk saved his books and papers.

Galesville Transcript Wisconsin 1861-06-21