Bay City, Oct. 9 - The cargo of the barge C.P. WILLIAMS which went down on Lake Erie last night, consisted of 850,000 ft. of lumber and lath, was owned by Gates & Fay of this city, and is uninsured. Two of her crew Sidney Walker and Mike Hannon were residents of this city.
Detroit Free Press
October 10, 1877 4-7
NOT A SOUL SAVED.
LOSS OF THE C. P. WILLIAMS, WITH ALL HANDS.
(Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean)
Buffalo, N.Y., Oct., 9. -- A telegram from Leamington, Ont., states that " The barge C. P. WILLIAMS is ashore. Captain Andrew Abernathy and all hands lost. The Captain's body has been found."
Leamington, Ont., Oct. 9. -- During the gale last night two barges went ashore here. One is a total wreck. All hands, consisting of five men and one woman, were lost.
Bay City, Mich., Oct. 9. -- The barge C. P. WILLIAMS, which went down on Lake Erie last night, with all on board, was owned by Master Captain Abernathy. Her cargo of about 350,000 feet of lumber was destined for Dunkirk, and was owned by Gates & Fay, of this city, and loss uninsured. Two of the vessel's crew, Sidney Walker and Mike Hammond, were residents of this place.
The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, 1877
A GALE ON THE LAKES.
Detroit, Oct. 10 - A very heavy gale has been blowing on the lakes in this vicinity for the last few days, proving very disasterous to shipping. A large fleet of vessels , bound up and down, is now lying at the mouth of the Detroit River waiting for the storm to subside. Several steamers are also lying at the docks unable to get out. The following disaster was reported today. The schooner CANTON, aground near Point Mouilee lake: The schooner PORTLAND, ashore at Presque Isle: The barge C.P. WILLIAMS, in tow of the barge PLYMOUTH, foundered Monday night near Leamington, Ont., and the captain and all of the crew were drowned: Two lumber barges in tow of the barge ELMIRA, broke loose last night near Bar Point, Lake Erie, and have not yet been heard from: The schooner JOURNEYMAN, lying near Colchester, was badly used up: The schooner SEAMAN is ashore at Grosse Isle: The schooner MURRAY is ashore at London, Ont.
October 11, 1877
The barge C.P. WILLIAMS, lumber from Bay City to Dunkirk, was on Monday night, during a gale on Lake Erie, driven ashore near Leamington, Ont., and it is reported all hands were drowned, including the female cook. The vessel was owned by Captain Andrew Abernethy, of Buffalo, whose body has been washed ashore and identified.
October 12, 1877
Capt. Abernethy was master and owner of the barge C.P. WILLIAMS. The cargo consisted of the 350,000 ft. of lumber owned by Gates & Fay of Bay City, destined for Dunkirk and uninsured. Two of the vessels crew were Sidney Walker and Mike Hannon, were residents of Bay City.
Buffalo Morning Express
October 12, 1877 4-4
American barge C.P. WILLIAMS. Of 350 tons and 27 years old. Bound from Bay City to Buffalo when on Oct. 8, 1877 vessel stranded inside of Point au Pelee near Lighthouse, while in tow of a tug her line broke and she drifted ashore. A total loss with the loss of 6 lives. value of loss, $7,000
Statement of Wreck & Casualty which occurred during the year 1877
Department of Marine & Fisheries, Sessional Papers No.1, A 1878
Buffalo Enrollment No.61 (U.S. 4364) schooner C.P. WILLIAMS. 292.31 tons. Built Michigan City, Indiana in 1853. Dimensions 131 x 31 x 10; one deck; two masts.. Owner Joseph Single of Buffalo, Henry Buckley - master. Dated September 13, 1869.
NAME: C.P. WILLlAMS
OFFICIAL NO: 4364
SIGNAL LETTERS: .
GROSS: 292.31 (Pre-list: 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876)
HOME PORT: Cleveland, OH (Pre-list; 1869); Buffalo, NY (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876.
MVUS, pre-list to 1885