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Lillie Pratt (Schooner), aground, 18 Oct 1870

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The wind on Monday night did a great deal of damage. The prop. TONAWANDA was sunk and the schr. LILLIE PRATT driven upon the old breakwater where it still lies.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Wednesday, October 19, 1870

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      This section of the country was visited last night by a severe northwest storm which caused considerable damage to out lake marine. The schr. DAVID D. WELLS, of Chicago, which cleared here Sunday afternoon light, was driven ashore near Silver Creek. Two more schooners are reported ashore at or near Port Colborne.
The schr. LILLIE PRATT, in attempting to enter the harbor last night, went on the pier, where she now lies. A large amount of lumber is said to be afloat in the Bay this morning. The barge CLEMENT, Capt. Coyne, was riding at anchor in the South Bay at the time our reporter left the dock, and this lumber is supposed to be a part of her deck load. A large propeller supposed to be the TONAWANDA, was lying in the the offing all the morning flying a flag of distress. Two tugs went out to her assistance and up to 12:30 had succeeded in towing her quite a distance towards the Canada shore, when she rolled over onto her beam in which condition she now (1:25 P.M.) lies. The prop. IDAHO, which left here this morning, and another propeller bound down, are lying near the disabled vessel. It was feared that she would sink before she could be got into port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 18, 1870 2-6

      The schr. LILLIE PRATT, which was driven on the Erie Basin breakwater during the late storm, was pulled off Sunday night by the tugs DANFORTH and BRYANT. She was badly damaged by the rocks and will need general overhauling.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 25, 1870 3-5

Yesterday afternoon about a quarter of six o'clock, the schooner " LILLIE PRATT," was relaunched from the breakwater, on which she was driven during the last heavy storm. She had been blocked up, repaired and the timbers carefully arranged under her. Then, by the aid of two tugs, she was started and launched off into the lake very neatly indeed. Quite a crowd of persons witnessed the novel sight, and the lake in the vicinity was almost covered with small boats.
      The Buffalo Evening Post
      Monday, October 24, 1870 2 - 5

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Lillie Pratt (Schooner), aground, 18 Oct 1870