LOSS OF THE "W.R. TAYLOR." -- It was reported this afternoon that the schooner W.R. TAYLOR, owned by Mr. Leslie, and others, went ashore on the Manitou and became a total loss. It was only a few days since she cleared from Chicago with corn for Toronto at a very renumerative rate. The weather has evidently been very severe. The vessel is insured. The crew were composed of Kingstonians.
The W.R. TAYLOR was built at Picton in 1677 and owned by Messrs. Wilson, of Picton, and Lister, of Collins Bay. Her measure is 419 tons. She rates A 1 and is valued at $14,500.
LATER -- Just previous to going to press we learned that the TAYLOR ran ashore near the South Minitores, (Manitous ?) which place she was making for shelter. The crew are saved, including the following: Captain, Simmons, Kingston; first-mate, Anthony LaRush, Wolfe Island; second-mate F. Thompson, Kingston; sea-man A. Felix, Kingston, brother-in-law of the President of the Sailors Union, Mr. C.W. Crowley.
November 24, 1880
THE TAYLOR ACCIDENT. -- The schooner W.R. TAYLOR which went ashore at South Manitou, laden with corn for Toronto, has nine feet of water in the hold. Her cargo is a total loss, as the vessel will likely be. The vessel is insured for $13,000 on a valuation of $18,000, equally divided between the Orient, Greenwich and Manhattan Companies. The cargo consisted of 25,000 bushels of corn, shipped by Wm. Young & Co., and is insured for $12,000, equally dixided between the New England Mutual and Orient Mutual.
November 25, 1880
TAKEN OFF. -- The schooner W.R. TAYLOR, ashore at the South Manitous, was successfully gotten off on Wednesday last, by the tug WINSLOW of Milwaukee. Two steam pumps were operated on the vessel. She will be towed to Milwaukee if possible. She is in fair condition. The expense of rescuing the vessel will be very large. There may be trouble regarding the matter as the owners had telegraphed to the Insurance Company that they had abandoned the vessel. The telegram was not received until after the expedition had set out.
December 10, 1880
Captain Martin Blackburn, the wrecking master, has made another excellent rescue. A dispatch from Glen haven, signed by Captain Blackburn, announces that the schooner W.R. TAYLOR is off and in the harbor at South Manitou. The corn cargo is of course a total loss, but the vessel is in fair shape. The tug WINSLOW did the pulling, and is now with the vessel.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1880
The Canadian schooner W.R. TAYLOR that went ashore two years ago on the North Fox Island, lake Michigan, and was abandoned to the insurance companies and towed to this port, has been sold to Captain Henry Buckley for $4,500. She was pumped out and towed to the dry-dock today for repairs.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, March/April, 1883