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William John (Schooner), sunk, 12 Nov 1872

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The Loss of the Schooner WILLIAM JOHN. - The schooner CENTURION Captain Tyo, which arrived in port last night brought the crew of the schooner WILLIAM JOHN, who were picked up yesterday afternoon about four o¹clock about two miles north from this port. We learn from the crew of the WILLIAM JOHN that she was loaded at Trenton for Oswego with peas consigned to Failing & Rundell and up to yesterday afternoon was all right bowling along over with a fair wind.
      Shortly after dinner the pumps were sounded and it was found that she was making water freely and in such quantities that she was settling down. For nearly four hours the men worked faithful at the pumps, but without avail and at four o¹clock the captain knowing the vessel must go down ordered the men to lower the yawl. After the boat was lowered and the men had secured their clothing they got in the boat and pushed off from the sinking vessel.
In about 15 or 20 minutes after leaving their vessel they were picked up by the CENTURION, and in a few moments after saw the WILLIAM JOHN lurch heavily and sink head first, disappearing entirely from sight.
The WILLIAM JOHN was a very old vessel, well up in the twenties, and rebuilt by Quick from the old schooner BOB WILSON some fifteen years ago. She was owned and commanded by Captain James Savage, of Wellington, and worth about $2,500, on which there was a partial insurance.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, November 13, 1872

An Oswego special reports the sinking of the schr. WM. JOHN, from Kingston with a cargo of peas. The crew were rescued by the schr. CENTURION.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 14, 1872 3-5

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Oswego, Nov. 13 - A special reports the sinking of the schooner WILLIAM JOHN from kingston, with a cargo of peas. The crew were rescued by the schooner CENTURION.
      The Toronto Mail
      Thursday, November 14, 1872

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WILLIAM JOHN, schooner. Home port, Montreal. 100 tons. Bound from Trenton to Oswego, November 1872, vessel foundered 10 miles from Oswego, Lake Ontario, total loss. Valued at $4,900. No lives lost.
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1872

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Schr. WILLIAM JOHN, of 72 tons. Owned Montreal by Jamieson & others. Bound from Belleville to Oswego, November 1872, vessel sunk off Oswego a total loss. Loss to ship $7,000. Loss to cargo, nil. Insurance on ship $3,500. Insurance on cargo, nil.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873, Report of U.S. Coast Guard

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: peas
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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William John (Schooner), sunk, 12 Nov 1872