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Robert Willis (Schooner), sunk, 3 Sep 1853

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WILLIS, ROBERT Schooner, sunk with cargo of R. R. iron near Manitou Islands, got up and repaired. Property loss $1,440
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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VESSEL SPRUNG A LEAK. - We learn from Capt. Rossman, of the propeller LADY OF THE LAKE, (says the Chicago Tribune) that when he passed the South Manitou, on Monday evening, the schooner R. WILLIS, of and from Buffalo, loaded with 300 tons of railroad iron and a lot of salt, for Michigan City, was lying there leaking very badly, and
keeping two pumps going continually to prevent the water gaining. The captain expressed his intention to try and reach Beaver Island Harbor, take out cargo and heave the vessel on shore for repairs, but the wind has doubtless prevented him. The leak was first discovered about 2 o'clock on Monday, and it was some time in the afternoon before the vessel was relieved , though all hands worked steadily at the pumps. The R. WILLIS belongs to C.C. Bristol, of Buffalo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, September 10, 1853

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      We understand the schooner R. WILLIS which was reported to be aground near the South Manitou Island, and leaking badly, has been got off and pumped out, and reached Michigan City on Tuesday last. She has sustained no damage.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 23, 1853

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: R.R.iron
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Robert Willis (Schooner), sunk, 3 Sep 1853