The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Jones (Barge), U26229, sunk, 1 Jun 1901

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The tow barge WILLIAM JONES, loaded wlth lumber, sank in Niagara River, opposite the dock of the tug INTERNATIONAL last evening.. The boat is in 15 ft. of water. The propeller HURON CITY, with the JONES in tow came into the river about 6 o'clock last nlght.. The JONES struck bottom a little above the waterworks crib and the tow line parted, leaving the JONES at the mercy of the current.
Capt. Manua of the HURON CITY, signaled the tug INTERNATIONAL and Capt. McMurray made haste to get the barge. He was not able to reach her however, before she struck the crib, in which she got a big hole in her side, just aft of the forerigging. The vessel slid off the crib and went down the river rapidly filling with water. The INTERNATIONAL got a line to her before she went down.
About an hour after the JONES sank the prop. LIZZIE MADDEN with the barge NOQUEBAY in tow started down the river, laden with 1,080,000 ft. of lumber for Tonawanda. She struck several times when near the waterworks crib and the towline parted. The NOQUEBAY could not be steered and she ran upon the Canadian shore. The current swung the boat around. She filled with water and turned over on her sde.
The crew of the NOQUEBAY stuck to her, and were taken off by the tug INTERNATIONAL. The crew of the JONES remained upon the deckload of lumber.
      Buffalo Times
      May 31, 1901 10-2&3
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The lumber barges NOQUEBAY and WILLIAM JONES, which were sunk in te river, on Thursday, are still on the bottom. They are being lightered but will have to be patched before they are pulled off.
      Buffalo Evening Times
      June 1, 1901 5-4

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The schr. WILLIAM JONES, which ran against the waterworks pier in the river and sunk last week is still at Tonawanda undergoing temporary repairs to her bottom. The barge is now lying in Calkins & Co.'s slip out of the heavy current and Diver Bovee is working hard to get the hole closed up so that the vessel can proceed with safety to Detroit. The owners at first intended to place the vessel in drydock at Buffalo, but the docks here are so busy that they decided to make temporary repairs at Tonawanda and then go direct to Detroit. Since the unloading of the cargo a portion of the hole in the bottom is above the water line.
      Buffalo Evening Times
      June 6, 1901 5-2

Schooner WILLIAM JONES. U. S. No. 26229. Of 385 tons gross 366 tons net. Built Black River, Ohio, 1862. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 152.0 x 30.3 x 11.6 Crew of 7.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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William Jones (Barge), U26229, sunk, 1 Jun 1901