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John J. Hill (Schooner), U13719, sunk, 21 Jun 1885

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Fairport, June 22 - The schr. J.J. HILL arrived early Sunday evening loaded with stone, and anchored between the piers. The heavy winds and storm which struck her drove her agains the east pier, stove a hole in her bottom and she sank in 18 ft. of water. She will be a total wreck.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      June 23, 1885 2-4

Fairport - The schr. JOHN J. HILL arrived here yesterday from the islands with a cargo of stone. During the night, as the gale increased, an attempt was made to put the schooner in a more secure place. In doing so she struck some hidden obstruction and sank almost immediately. She lies in the river agains the east pier opposite the life saving station. A diver and steam pump will be required to raise her. There is a large hole stone in her bottom.
      Marine Record
      June 25, 1885 5-3

The schr. JOHN J. HILL, which sank at Fairport last week in 18 ft. of water, is said to be so badly used up as not to be worth raising. She cost her owners Robert Peterson and Andrew Lawson, master and mate of her, $2,000, all they were worth. They had no insurance on her. She measured but 85 tons and was built at Cleveland in 1864.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 29, 1885 6-1

The sch. J.J. HILL still lies on the bottom in Fairport harbor as an obstruction to navigation. The prop. GOOD HIT recently broke its wheel be striking the craft.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 7, 1885 6-1

Cleveland - H.N. Jex, submarine diver, who received the contract for raising the schr. J.J. HILL, sunk between the piers at Fairport has been at work during the week taking out her cargo of stone. Mr. Jex expects to raise the boat out of the way by the first of next week.
      Marine Record
      October 29, 1885 1-1

Port Huron - The little schr. J.J. HILL sunk at Fairport last fall and raised by diver H.N. Jex will be repaired at this port.
      Marine record
      June 3, 1886 5-4

Schooner JOHN J. HILL. U. S. No. 13719. Of 89.85 tons gross; 85.36 tons net. Built Pultneyville, N.Y., 1864. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Freight: stone
Remarks: raised
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
William R. McNeil
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John J. Hill (Schooner), U13719, sunk, 21 Jun 1885