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George W. Davis (Schooner), U85251, sunk, 27 Oct 1895

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      Snow And Gales---Several Vessels Aground And In Distress.
Ashland, Oct. 28. - A northwest gale prevails with snow. Several boats are anchored under the islands for shelter.
      Port Colborne, Oct. 28. - Schooner GEORGE W. DAVIS is ashore above Port Maitland. A tug which went out to her Saturday night became partially disabled and came back.
      Detroit, Oct. 28. - Capt. Wright of the steamer PRATT passed a vessels spar sticking out of the water between the seas which were rolling very high Saturday morning. The spar was four or five miles east southeast of Harrisville and 29 miles south of Thunder Bay. It is supposed to be the wreck of the schooner JOHN SHAW.
      The Lackawanna liner ORR, bound down, grounded on Grosse Point Saturday night, and the FITZGERALD, bound up, went on at the same place. The ORR was released by the WALES after lightening part of her flour, and the SAGINAW released the FITZGERALD. The schooner AURANIA on Grosse Point has been released. The BIELMAN, down bound, is ashore three miles south of the Dummy.
      St. Joseph, Oct. 28. - The steamer PEERLESS of the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior line, which left the harbor at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon for Chicago without cargo, was forced to turn back on account of the heavy gale and sea, and in attempting to enter the harbor at 6 P. M. went aground in the channel. She is exposed to the furious west sea and large waves are dashing against her. She had no passengers.
      Late last night the crew of the PEERLESS were still on the boat, and the life-savers said they could not be reached on account of the furious sea.
      No communication could be had with the crew of the steamer during the night.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 28, 1895

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      Floated Out Into The Lake Above Port Maitland And Sank--Cargo And Boat a Total Loss.
The schooner GEORGE W. DAVIS, ashore above Port Maitland, floated off the reef and drifted two miles down the lake, sinking in about 30 feet of water. The boat and cargo are a total loss. The tugs which had gone to her from Port Colborne were driven back by the gale, and it was impossible to save the old vessel. The DAVIS was owned and sailed by Martin Elwin of Milan, O., and was worth $6,000. She had a cargo of coal for Toledo. She was built in Toledo in 1872 and was rated A 2 with a tonnage of 284 tons. The crew of the DAVIS came to Buffalo yesterday.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 29, 1895
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      Schooner GEORGE W. DAVIS. U. S. No. 85251. Of 298.54 tons gross; 283.61 tons net. Built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1872. Home port, sandusky, Ohio. 135.8 x 26.0 x 11.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.86681 Longitude: -79.56631
William R. McNeil
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George W. Davis (Schooner), U85251, sunk, 27 Oct 1895