The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nellie Wilder (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1880

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The schooner NELLIE WILDER, from Toledo to Kingston with grain, is reported ashore at Galloo Island. This reef is about 35 miles from Kingston, very dangerous and in American waters. When the crew left the schooner there was about five feet of water in the hold. It is thought the vessel will be a total loss. There was no insurance on the vessel, but the grain is probably insured. While jibing the schooner before she ran ashore, Capt. Jackson was struck over the left eye by the main boom pennant, and was carried below unconscious, in which condition he remained about two hours.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      October 13, 1880

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      THE WRECKED NELLIE WILDER. -- The schooner NELLIE WILDER will in all probability be a total loss. She is on a very exposed rock, and because of the heavy winds an attempt cannot be made to rescue her. There are about three feet of water in her hold, The vessel is owned by B. Overleigh, of Sacketts Harbor. There was no insurance.
Later reports state that the WILDER was a total wreck with her cargo. Her stern and one side have disappeared, her bottom has been penetrated by rocks and she is fast breaking up. The sails, rigging, anchors, chains and spars will be saved. Tonnage 300. The cargo, 20,000 bushels of wheat, was shipped by Williams & Co., of Toledo, to Ogdensburg and was insured for $15,000, one-half in pool.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      October 15, 1880

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.90562 Longitude: -76.41633
William R. McNeil
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Nellie Wilder (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1880