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J. E. Hall (Schooner), U13746, sunk, 2 Dec 1873

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Loss of The Schooner J. E. HALL
      A Deep Sea Dive - Gone To Return No More
When the tug CRUSADER, which was dispatched to Charlotte to tow the schooner J.E. HALL to this port, arrived yesterday afternoon without the vessel, conjecture ran high as to the whereabouts of her tow, and until the tug landed grave fears were entertained. It was found, when the tug was alongside of the dock, that she had brought the crew of the HALL, Capt. G.N. Spencer and three seamen, but had left the schooner reposing in Lake Ontario.
We learn from the crew of the vessel that the tug with the schooner in tow left Charlotte yesterday morning about eight o¹clock, and all went well until about ten o¹clock, when it was found that the schooner was leaking freely. Captain Spencer signaled the tug and ordered that the vessel be headed for the beach, toward which she was towed but a short time when it was found that the water was gaining so rapidly that she would soon founder.
The tug was notified of the fact, and turning around steamed back to the schooner to rescue the crew, but before she got alongside the crew was compelled to clamber into the yawl which was amidships, on deck. The schooner, which was settling rapidly, sank sufficiently for the yawl to float off, and just after it it had got clear the schooner plunged down bow first, and soon disappeared, sinking in about six fathoms of water at a point about one mile from land, and about midway between Pultneyville and Bear Creek. It is said that the vessel balanced herself on the end of her jibboom for about two minutes, with about ten feet of the after part of her keel out of water.
The HALL was laden with about 3,000 bushels of wheat from Youngstown and vicinity, owned by C. Ames & Co., and Howlett, Ames & Co., the latter having insurance on their portion of the grain, but the former being uninsured.
The J. E. HALL was formerly the IMOGENE, built at Henderson in 1863, and was rebuilt in 1870. She classed B 1, and was valued at $2,500 and uninsured. She was a small schooner of about 90 tons, and was owned by C. Ames, H.A. Brown and Captain H. Bunn, the latter of whom had her laid up at Charlotte, not deeming it prudent to venture out so late in the season.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Wednesday, December 3, 1873

The schr. J.E. HALL, in tow of the tug CRUSADER from the Genesee River for Oswego, when off Pultneyville Tuesday morning sprung a leak in her bow, and in a few minutes afterwards sunk in deep water, her topmast head only being visible. The small boat belonging to the vessel was on deck, and when the vessel sunk the boat floated off, with the crew, and were taken aboard of the tug. The HALL was laden with 29,000 bu. wheat from Youngstown, and was consigned to G. Ames & Co., and Howlett, Lathrop & Co.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 4, 1873 3-6

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.27979 Longitude: -77.18609
William R. McNeil
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J. E. Hall (Schooner), U13746, sunk, 2 Dec 1873