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John Wesley (Schooner), U75491, aground, 1 Sep 1883

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The schr. JOHN WESLEY with iron ore for Black Rock went ashore near Windmill Pt. on the Canada side. A visit by the lifesaving crew in tow of the tug T.L. WILLIAMS found her badly out of the water but lying easy and the crew safe.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 26, 1883 3-6

The vessel ashore at Windmill Point turns out to be the schooner JOHN WESLEY, with iron ore from Escanaba bound for Black Rock. The crew is safe, but the vessel will probably be a total wreck. She is valued at $12,000; insured for $10,000. Buffalo Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept.ember 27, 1883

      The tug WILLIAMS with the lifesaving crew went across to the stranded schr. JOHN WESLEY to remove her crew. The WESLEY's owner, Mr. Cunningham of Detroit is in town and accompanying the expedition.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 28, 1883 3-7

      John Quinn, the Detroit Diver, has made a contract to release the schooner JOHN WESLEY, ashore at Windmill. He is to begin operations at once. The wrecking expedition is now on the way from Detroit.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 25, 1883

Buffalo, N. Y., Nov., 6. -- The schooner JOHN WESLEY, recently ashore at Wind Mill Point, has been thoroughly examined while in dry-dock here. Her bottom is badly splintered, and hull otherwise well wrecked.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The damages to the schooner JOHN WESLEY have been put at $6,600. The wrecking and other expenses at about $5,000. She was insured for $10,000 and her ore cargo for $2,500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 12, 1883 3-9

WESLEY, JOHN Schooner of 302 Tons. Built Toledo 1872 by Bailey. Owned by Cunningham et al. Home port, Detroit. REMARKS - Wreck
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Register for 1884

Schooner JOHN WESLEY. U. S. No. 75491. Of 302.28 tons gross; 287.17 tons net. Built Toledo, O., 1873. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 135.3 x 26.0 x 11.7.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886

NOTE :- the 1885 Inland Lloyds is as above with the remarks as - Wreck. But the 1886 Register from Inland Lloyds says she was repaired in 1885.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.868333 Longitude: -79.008333
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John Wesley (Schooner), U75491, aground, 1 Sep 1883