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Mary Williams (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jul 1855

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WILLIAMS, MARY Schooner, cargo staves, water-logged and capsized off Wind Mill Point, L. E. Crew saved by U. S. Life Boat stationed at Buffalo. Vessel got in and repaired. Property loss $1,500.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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VESSEL WRECKED. -- A schooner of about 200 tons burthen was found on Horse-Shoe Reef this morning on her beam ends, light, and nearly full of water. She is painted white with yellow panel work. The stern is partially under water so that her name cannot be made out, but she is supposed to belong to Ogdensburg. When found she had all sails set except the jib, which had been carried away. The yawl was alongside, and she appears to have been abandoned long before she went down the river. Her hatches are open, and it is supposed she was capsized soon after leaving this port, bound up, and in this condition drifted down to where she now lies. Mr. Quackenboss has taken her in charge.
P. S. --- We have learned that the schooner mentioned above is the MARY WILLIAMS, whose wreck is reported elsewhere. The fact of her size, and being without a cargo, led many to suppose her a different vessel.

      SCHOONER CAPSIZED. -- The schooner MARY WILLIAMS, says the Morning Advertiser, bound from Erie to this place, with a cargo of staves, when off Sturgeon Point, yesterday afternoon, in a brisk westerly gale and heavy sea, suddenly capsized. She was observed from this port with the aid of glasses. Capt. Squiers, of the steamer TROY, immediately ordered all hands at work to get up steam, and made for the wreck. It was now seven o'clock, and the gale and sea had much increased. About nine o'clock he returned, bringing five men in a life-boat, which he had towed out and back. The life boat was manned by several resolute seamen who had volunteered their services; and thus, by their timely aid, as well as by the promptness of Capt.. Squiers, were five persons saved from a watery grave, as the boat to which they were clinging was too frail to live a moment detached from the wreck.. The numerous assemblage on the wharf testified their approbation of the act by several hearty cheers.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 10, 1855

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.868333 Longitude: -79.008333
William R. McNeil
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Mary Williams (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jul 1855