The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1820

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During the gale on Saturday night last, three vessels came ashore at this place---the AMERICAN EAGLE, the WILLIAM, and the WASHINGTON. The WILLIAM is owned by R. B. Heacock & Co., of Buffalo. She had a cargo of salt on board destined for this place; about 12 o'clock on Saturday night she sprang a leak, when 15 or 20 miles from land, and finding their pumps unable to keep her clear of the bottom, unless relieved, Capt. Walker ordered part of her cargo to be thrown overboard, and spread all sail for the Islands. At break of day they were off this place, at such a distance as to be scarcely able to decry land. They immediately tacked, and made for the mouth of the river, where they arrived a little after sun-rise, in a sinking condition; and not knowing the situation of the channel, she ran on the beach some distance above the mouth of the river - her cargo received considerable damage.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      November 14, 1820

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Damaged
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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William (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1820