The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Raynor (Schooner), U26673, aground, 16 Sep 1871

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Schooner W. RAYNOR, ashore at Sturgeon Point; grain partly damaged; vessel
got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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VESSELS ASHORE.- The thick smoky weather which has prevailed in this vicinity of late, seems to have been general along the lakes, and several vessels have gone ashore. Three are on the beach, within twelve miles of this port. ......
The schooner RAYNOR, wheat-laden from Toledo, went on the shore this side of Sturgeon Point Saturday night also. A part of her cargo is damaged. An expedition went to her assistance yesterday, but had to return on account of the sea. The wind has now changed, and the expedition will make another trial. The RAYNOR is on a bad shore, but if the wind remains where it is for twenty-four hours she will be got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 18, 1871

(the other two vessels were M.P. BARKALOW, J.C. HARRISON.)

      OPERATIONS AT THE WRECK. - Unfortunately for the success of the work of relieving the vessels ashore in the Bay, the wind changed and blew fresh from the west, which made a suspension of operations necessary........The situation of the RAYNOR is very similar to that of the HARRISON. The schooner MYSTIC lightered off 8,000 bushels of dry grain, and about 800 bushels of wet grain, when she had to leave the RAYNOR on account of the high sea.......
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, September 19, 1871

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      THE RAYNOR OFF AND IN PORT. - The stranded schooner RAYNOR, which was on the beach near Sturgeon Point, arrived in port last night about 10 o'clock in tow of the tugs PEREW, MAYFLOWER and NIMS. These tugs repaired to the scene of the wreck yesterday morning and commenced to lighten and pull. After considerable work she was got off. Her damages are not serious and will be repaired at the Union Dry Dock.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, September 20, 1871

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The damaged grain on board the stranded schrs. RAYNOR and HARRISON is being unloaded at the Reed Elevator. The amount on both vessels was about 16,000 bushels. The HARRISON will repair at Mills& Walsh drydock.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 21, 1871 3-6

Schooner WILLIAM RAYNOR. U. S. No. 26673. Of 227.17 tons. Home port, Milan, O.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.69089 Longitude: -79.04754
William R. McNeil
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William Raynor (Schooner), U26673, aground, 16 Sep 1871