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W. J. Preston (Schooner), U26563, aground/sunk, 11 Nov 1871


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Schooner W.J. PRESTON, cargo wheat, ashore north of Niagara River; total loss. Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      Two vessels are reported ashore at the mouth of the Niagara River, Lake Ontario
      Later. - We learn from Capt. E.P. Dorr that the vessels ashore at the mouth of the
Niagara River are the PRESTON and GEO. FOOTE. The PRESTON is 7 miles below the mouth. She is wheat laden from Milwaukee.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 16, 1871

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ASHORE. - The schooner Wm. J. PRESTON, the stranding of which was reported
yesterday, was bound for Ogdensburg with wheat. She was not leaking when last heard from, but was pounding heavily. An expedition, comprising the tug FRANK PEREW, with a steam pump, left this port last evening to go to her assistance via the Welland Canal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 17, 1871

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THE PRESTON. - The schooner PRESTON. - The schooner PRESTON, ashore at the mouth of the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, has not yet been got off. Captain George Hand returned yesterday morning. He reports that 10,000 bushels dry wheat have been taken from her. The tug PEREW lost her anchor and was obliged to go to Port Dalhousie. Capt. Hand is out of health, and Capt. Hamilton returns to the work in his place.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 24, 1871

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SCHOONER PRESTON. - This schooner, which was ashore near Wilson, was got off on Friday night and taken to the mouth of the Niagara River, and allowed to sink. Unfortunately she was on a steep bank and during the night she slid down the declivity into thirty feet of water. She will be raised again.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 27, 1871

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The schooner W.J. PRESTON. - During the heavy gale in November last, it will be
remembered that the schooner W.I. PRESCOTT (sic.) was wrecked near the mouth of the Niagara River. Subsequently she was got off the beach and taken to Youngstown. It is said that the men at work at the pumps became exhausted and the schooner slipped off the bank against which she had been towed, and settled in thirty feet depth of water. The Lockport Journal of yesterday says: " We learn that a number of divers have arrived at Youngstown and are now at work raising the pumps and all the movable articles of value from the schooner sunk by the storm in the river at that place a few days since. The tops of the mast
are visible."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, December 2, 1871

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      Arrangements have been made by the Coast Wrecking Co. to raise the schr. PRESTON sunk since last fall in Niagara River, near Youngstown.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 31, 1872 3-5

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THE SCHOONER W.I. PRESTON. - Last evening about seven o'clock the wrecking tug Rescue, Captain Cotton, towed the schooner W.I. Preston into this port from the Niagara River, where she has been sunk since last November. The Preston went ashore last October near Niagara, and after being got off was towed into the Niagara River where she sunk.
This spring the New York Coast Wrecking Company took the contract for raising her, and despatched the tug RESCUE to the scene where work commenced June 1st and prosecuted until the 13th inst., when she was raised. After she was raised she had a fashion of flopping over on her side, which was very annoying to Captain Cotton, but finally chains were passed around her and fastened to the tug, which held her upright. A jacket was got under her stern which decreased the volume of water flowing in. The Rescue with her tow left Niagara on Wednesday afternoon about half past four.
The hull of the Preston is in good shape, not being "hogged" in the least, and the only particular damage to her bottom is aft of the mainmast. About two thirds of the stanchions and rail on the port side will have to be replaced, as also foremast and mainmast. The underwriters have ordered her hauled out at Goble & Macfarlane's dock to receive the necessary repairs.
      Oswego Palladium
      Friday, June 21, 1872

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The Schooner W.I. Preston. - The above vessel, which has lain sunk near the West Pier for some time, was sold on auction this morning by O.H. Brown, on behalf of the underwriters. The competition was sharp, but George Goble
carried the prize off on a bid of $4,200. She will cost about $7,000 to put her in proper running order.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, July 16, 1872
     

Schooner WILLIAM I. PRESTON. U. S. No. 26563. Of 278.73 tons gross; 264.79 net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1861. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
     


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Reason: aground/sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1871
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Local identifier:
McN.W.6383
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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W. J. Preston (Schooner), U26563, aground/sunk, 11 Nov 1871