The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Nov. 13, 1872

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The Loss of the Schooner William John. - The schooner Centurion Captain Tyo, which arrived in port last night brought the crew of the schooner William John, who were picked up yesterday afternoon about four o'clock about two miles north from this port. We learn from the crew of the William John that she was loaded at Trenton for Oswego with peas consigned to Failing & Rundell and up to yesterday afternoon was all right bowling along over with a fair wind.

Shortly after dinner the pumps were sounded and it was found that she was making water freely and in such quantities that she was settling down. For nearly four hours the men worked faithful at the pumps, but without avail and at four o'clock the captain knowing the vessel must go down ordered the men to lower the yawl. After the boat was lowered and the men had secured their clothing they got in the boat and pushed off from the sinking vessel. In about 15 or 20 minutes after leaving their vessel they were picked up by the Centurion, and in a few moments after saw the William John lurch heavily and sink head first, disappearing entirely from sight.

The William John was a very old vessel, well up in the twenties, and rebuilt by Quick from the old schooner Bob Wilson some fifteen years ago. She was owned and commanded by Captain James Savage, of Wellington, and worth about $2,500, on which there was a partial insurance.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Nov. 13, 1872