The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ottawa (Schooner), sunk, 1878

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The Free Press Correspondent at Port Huron writes as follows: June 3rd. -- An effort is now on foot to raise the sunken schooner OTTAWA, which lies on the bottom just above Black River bridge. The barge WYOMING lies alongside and will assist in the work, doing the service of a pontoon. The hole made in the OTTAWA's side, by the propeller CRAIG, will be battened up, and also her hatches, when she will be pumped out. In her present position she is liable to obstruct navigation in Bralc River, by capsizing.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 5, 1878

The schooner OTTAWA which has been lying in a water-logged condition above Black River bridge, was raised Wednesday and towed to the other side of the channel.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thurs. June 6, 1878

Port Huron, June 6. -- The schooner OTTAWA was raised last night and will probably be towed to Sarnia Bay for a final resting place. It is not probable anything will be done towards fixing her up unless times improve materially.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 7, 1878

The schooner OTTAWA has been towed to Sarnia Bay, where she will probably grace the bottom for a number of years until she sinks beneath the surface.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 8, 1878

Port Huron.---R.G. McCullough, the submarine diver, has taken the contract to remove the two old wrecks in Sarnia Bay.
The Canadian Government offers the hull of the schooner OTTAWA to anyone who will remove it. I dont see much of anything to move. They are very liberal.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. September 1, 1887 p.5

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.97086 Longitude: -82.42491
William R. McNeil
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Ottawa (Schooner), sunk, 1878