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R. J. Gibbs (Schooner), U21195, aground, 14 May 1875

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A despatch from Charlotte says the schr. R.J. GIBBS is sunk at that place with 200 tons of coal on board for Toledo. Her cabin is under water and her bow high above. A tug, with steam pumps, was sent to her assistance from Oswego yesterday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 14, 1875 3-5

Mr. McCarthy, with diver and apparatus, left this coty today for Charlotte, to go to the relief of the schr. R.J. GIBBS, which lies sunk at the mouth of Genesee River, Lake Ontario. The GIBBS is loaded with 200 tons coal, destined for Toledo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 17, 1875 3-5

The effort to raise the schr. R.J. GIBBS sunk at Charlotte, by pumping out, did not succeed on account of large quantities of soft mud coming through the hole in her bottom with the water, and which prevented her pumps working. The vessel will be raised by means of hoisting apparatus.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 20, 1875 3-4

Schooner R.J. GIBBS. U.S. No. 21195. oF 176.61 tons gross; 167.78 tons net. Built at Vermillion, Ohio, in 1855.
Home port, Detroit, Mich. 121.7 x 23,9 x 7.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
William R. McNeil
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R. J. Gibbs (Schooner), U21195, aground, 14 May 1875