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Ellen Williams (Schooner), U7308, sunk, 1 Nov 1863

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WILLIAMS, ELLEN Schooner, cargo wheat, struck on something at the entrance to Buffalo Harbor and sunk inside, pumped out
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

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The schr. ELLEN WILLIAMS, loaded with 17,900 bushels of wheat, from Chicago, Nov. 6th, struck something in entering our harbor this morning, and sunk to her decks to the water, opposite the old Michigan Central Railroad docks, wetting all her cargo. A steam pump has been set up on her, and she will be speedily raised.
Capt. Pomeroy, of the schr. ELLEN WILLIAMS, sunk in the harbor, thinks his vessel struck an old wreck off the end of the breakwater, in entering the harbor. It is supposed to be the wreck of schr. GULIELMA, lately wrecked against the breakwater. We call the attention of the chairman of the Committee on Wharves, Harbor and Ferries to this obstruction.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 16, 1863 3-4

The schooner ELLEN WILLIAMS, from Chicago with a cargo of 17,900 bushels of wheat, in coming into port yesterday morning ran on an anchor or some other obstruction, making a hole in her bottom, and soon after sank, damaging all her cargo, which was insured in the Mercantile Insurance Company. The wheat was sold for 75 cents per bushel by the insurance company, the purchasers taking it out of the vessel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 17, 1863
Schooner ELLEN WILLIAMS. U. S. No. 7308. Of 292.38 tons gross. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: recovered
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William R. McNeil
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Ellen Williams (Schooner), U7308, sunk, 1 Nov 1863