burned and ran aground on the night with a great loss of life. The Griffith was carrying 326 immigrants from Buffalo to Chicago on a calm June night and was 5 miles off Willoughby, Ohio when a fire erupted in the hold. This is believed to have been due to the ignition of a shipment of matches included in the cargo. The captain immediately turned the vessel and headed toward land at full speed. While still nearly 1/2 mile out its prow struck a sandbar and the Griffith ground to a stop. The boat burned to the water line and in the ensuing panic only thirty men and one woman reached the beach alive.