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Buffalo Lightship

Anchored to the bottom of Lake Erie, Lighvessel No. 82 was the first marker on the approach to the bustling port of Buffalo. On November 10, 1913, however, a monster autumn gale arrived on Lake Erie. This famed storm, often relerred to is "The great storm of 1913" had ravaged lakes Michigan, Superior and Huron. Giant lakeboats had already been sent to the bottom with all hands by the time the storm hit the one year old LIGHTVESSEL No. 82. It too was sent to the bottom with all six of its crew. The following spring the lightship was found, raised and returned to service where it operated until 1936.

Established: 1912
Status: Lost at sea
Location: 13 miles west of Buffalo, New York in Lake Erie



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