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James D. Sawyer (Schooner), U75386, aground, 26 Oct 1891

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Cleveland, Oct. 28. -- About 3 o'clock Monday afternoon the tug JOE DUDLEY left the river with the schooner J. D. SAWYER in tow, bound for Lorain. They were about opposite Avon Point when the gale struck them, and despite the best efforts of the tug the SAWYER drifted nearer and nearer the shore. Finally the tug could retain her hold on the tow no longer without risk to herself, and it was let go, the crew of the SAWYER throwing out their anchors, which dragged until the boat's stern struck the shore about four miles west of Avon Point. The anchors then caught, but the hawsers were slacked to allow the barge to swing around and lie wholly in shallow water. She was then scuttled to keep her from pounding on the rocks. The DUDLEY went on to Lorain, from where her master telegraphed the news to this city. The vessel is not considered to be in a dangerous position, and the crew remained aboard, but Capt. Murphy, who is the son of the owner, came to this city yesterday. The SAWYER is valued in Inland Lloyds Register at $17,000 and classed A 2. She is insured with Crosby & Macdonald for $15,000. An attempt will be made to release her as soon as the sea goes down.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, October 28, 1891


It has been learned that the schooner J.D. SAWYER, while on her way from Cleveland to Lorain, was driven ashore and wrecked. There is no loss of life. She is on near Avon Point.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 28, 1891

      Cleveland, Oct. 30. -- Capt. C. E. Benham yesterday paid a visit to the schooner J. D. SAWYER, on the beach above Avon Point. The SAWYER is on hard and fast and from all appearanes Is likely to stay there. Some idea
of the force of Monday night's gale may be gathered from the fact that while the draft of the schooner is between seven and eIght feet, she is resting now on a rocky bottom in two feet of water, with considerable shallow water to seaward of her. A good many boulders also lie between the vessel and deep water. Capt. Thomas Murphy, her owner, will undoubtedly abandon her to the underwriters. The schooner's rudder and wheel frames are broken and her mast wedges started.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, October 30, 1891

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
Another boat, the steamer PASSAIC, has been added to the list of Lake Erie losses for the present season. She stranded off Dunkirk and is a total wreck. The Passaic was owned by Capt. Blodgett and others of Detroit. She was valued at $12,000. Two other Lake Erie wrecks, the schooners SAWYER and STEWART, are still on the beach, the former at Avon point and the latter near Fairport. Capt. C. E. Benham refused to superintend wrecking operations on the Sawyer, on account of insufficient wrecking facilities furnished by the underwriters. The schooner BAVARIA, a canaler ashore near Goderich, Out., will prove a total loss. She was owned by Capt. Fraser of Sarnia.
      Marine review
      November 5, 1891

      Port Huron, June 9. - The schooner JAMES D. SAWYER, which was rescued from Avon Point, arrived here this morning for repairs. She seems in good shape.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, June 9, 1892

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Schooner JAMES D. SAWYER. U. S. No. 75386. Of 637.33 tons gross; 605.47 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y., 1871. Home port, Cleveland, O. 183.0 x 32.0 x 13.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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James D. Sawyer (Schooner), U75386, aground, 26 Oct 1891