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G. S. Willis (Schooner), sunk, 18 Nov 1835

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The schooner NEW YORK of this port, was run ashore in Chaumont Bay - crew saved. It is thought that she will be got off without much damage.
It is feared that the schooners BUCKLEY and WILLIS, of this port, the former belonging to Messrs. M. Whitney and E.W. Clark, with a cargo of wheat for Mr. T. Wyman, and the latter belonging to Mr. T. Wyman with a full cargo of wheat for the owner, are lost on Lake Erie, together with their crews. Both vessels and cargoes were insured by the North Western Insurance Company in this village.
      Oswego Palladium
      November 25, 1835

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Disaters on Lake Ontario. - We are sorry still to have to add fresh instances of the unparalleled fury of the gale of the 11th. The schooner Willis was lost on the shoals above Gravelly bay and all hands perished - another schooner, name unknown, struck on the same shoal and went to pieces, and her entire crew consigned to a watery grave. The shoals are strewed with pieces of the wrecks and 13 hats have been picked up on the beach. The Insursance office at Oswego estimate that 13 schooners have been totally lost during the gale on the Lakes Ontario and Erie - and that 150 lives have been lost in consequence.
      The schooner George Canning, Capt. Smith, belonging to Chippewa, on her voyage upwards sprung both her masts at the Devil's nose, and had to return to Kingston for repairs, and will be there laid up for the winter. --- Kingston Chronicle.
      Canadian Emigrant
      Tuesday, December 15, 1835

SCHOONER G.S. WILLIS, of Oswego.---It will be recollected that this vessel was lost in the great gale of last fall, off madison Dock, Ohio, while on a voyage from Cleveland to Oswego, laden with wheat, and that all the crew and five passengers were lost.
She was lately discovered by the appearance of her masts above the surface of the water, and by the exertions of Mr. Hubbard, of Ashtabula, raised on Saturday last, and carried safely into that port.
Her deck was found to be much broken up by the swelling of the wheat, and the body of a man lying on it, floated off as the vessel was rising. her forecastle on being opened, emitted a most offensive effluvia from the dead bodies contained in it. The captains trunk has been recovered, and found to contain the schooners papers and a quantity of money in bills, all in good preservation --Kingston Chronicle
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, September 28, 1836

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wreck. --The schooner G.S. WILLIS of Oswego, which was lost in the great gale last November, near Conneaut, Ohio, was raised a few days since, and towed into that harbor. Two watches and $800 in money were found in the cabin. The cargo which consisted of 25,000 bushels of wheat, was entirely spoiled. The body of a dead sailor floated off the wreck on raising it above the water.
      Black Rock Advocate
      September 26, 1836 p. 2, c. 6

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G. S. Willis (Schooner), sunk, 18 Nov 1835