The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
E. C. Williams (Schooner), aground, 1 May 1861

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WILLIAMS, E.C. Schooner, stranded near Erie, Lake Erie. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862 Casualty List, 1861

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      DISASTER. -- The schooner E. C. WILLIAMS, Capt. Vannatta, which cleared from this port for Erie, on Friday last, light, was struck by a northward gale night before last, about four miles this side of Erie. After parting her cables the ill-fated vessel went ashore and is now a perfect wreck, having gone to pieces. The crew saved themselves by jumping from the rigging to the shore.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 28, 1861

BUFFALO, Nov. 5. - The schooner RUGBY is ashore near State Line. The crew all lost.
The schooner E.C. WILLIAMS lost; a portion of her crew saved. *
The schooner C. J. MARSHALL is ashore between Dunkirk and Barcelona. Crew lost.
The POST BOY is ashore above Dunkirk. Crew saved.
The loss of the five Canadian scows and crews is confirmed.
The barque CONSTITUTION, that went ashore near Fairport, has been hauled off, and is being toWed to this port.
      Goderich Signal, Semi Weekly
      November 7, 1862

NOTE:- It would seem that the E. C. WILLIAMS was recovered

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,600
Remarks: Got off ??
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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E. C. Williams (Schooner), aground, 1 May 1861