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Cecelia (Schooner), aground, 13 Sep 1876

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The schr. CELCELIA, which was scuttled and sunk at Pt. au Pelee on Moday, was badly damaged before going down. Her bulwarks and cabin were washed away by the shifting of her cargo of staves, and by backing against the dock her quarter was considerably injured. She sank in 10 ft. of water. The vessel is owned by Wm. Johnson, of Chicago. She will be raised at once.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 13, 1876 3-7

      ACCIDENTS REPORTED AT DETROIT. -- The schooner HARRIET ROSS which left this port Friday night for Wheatley's dock below Point au Pelee to load staves, arrived at that port about midnight, when she encountered the storm in its fury, and although both anchors were cast, she was driven ashore, and being light was beached high and dry on the shore. She is owned by Thomas Collins, of Buffalo.
      Shortly after the disaster to the ROSS the bark CECELIA, which had finished loading staves at Wheatley's dock, and on the opening of the storm had beat out and cast her anchors, began dragging her anchors and was hurled by the wind and waves against the dock, damaging her quarter. Her bulwarks and cabin were washed away by the shifting of the staves and in order to prevent further damage she was scuttled and sunk in some nine feet of water. An agent of the CECELIA was at this port yesterday afternoon negotiating for a tug and pump. The CECELIA is owned by William Johnson, of Chicago.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 14, 1876

A diver has left Detroit to repair a leak in the bottom of the bark CECELIA sunk at Wheatley's dock, near Pt. au Pelee. The CECELIA is loaded with staves and lies in some 9 or 10 ft. of water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 15, 1876 3-6

The tug GEO. A. PARKER is at work on the schr. CECELIA ashore at Wheatley's dock.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 18, 1876 3-5

The bark CECELIA, which was recently ashore on Lake Erie, is in the upper drydock at Detroit. She got a severe shaking up and her repairs will cost $3,000. Her jibboom is broken, and cabin and bulwarks carried away, besides her bottom, stern post and rudder are badly damaged. The expense of getting her off and into dock aggregate about $1,500 more.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 20, 1876 3-6

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.10009 Longitude: -82.4498
William R. McNeil
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Cecelia (Schooner), aground, 13 Sep 1876