Lexington (1838)
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Service History

The sidewheeler Lexington was built by F.N. Jones of the Black River Steamboat Association located at Black River, Ohio in 1838. There was no official registry number..

June 1839: Collided with the steamer Rochesteroff Conneaut, Ohio in Lake Erie.

1842: Sank in 120 feet of water and raised.

October 1842: Collided with the schooner Detroit in Buffalo Harbor.

April 1845: Ashore on the reef at Marblehead.

December 1845: Received iron on the bow for ice breaking.

December 1846: Wrecked near the lighthouse at Buffalo. Repaired, new boilers, and other imrovements the following April.

November 1848: Ashore at Silver Creek on Lake Erie.

1849: Chartered to haul stone for the lighthouse at the Straits of Mackinaw.

November 1849: Grounded near Milwaukee. The following week grounded near Buffalo Harbor.

Last Document Of Enrollment Issued: Buffalo: 11/29/1848.
Final Voyage

The sidewheel steamer Lexington went aground in the middle of June 1850 approximately ten miles north of Port Washington. At this time her machinery was dismantled and put into steamer Kalooah. From this point on it is unclear what happened. One report says she was condemned and dismantled. Another states she was involved in a collision on Lake Erie a few months later.
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