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James F. Joy (Schooner), gale damage, 2 Dec 1872

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The schr. JAMES F. JOY arrived at this port on Thursday night from below having encountered a very rough passage which at one time bordered strongly on a narrow escape for both vessel and cargo. The stmb. SARAH E. SHELDON had engaged to tow the JOY through from Cleveland to this port, but on reaching Pt. au Pelee the weather became unusually boisterous, and ice made rapidly on all parts of the vessel's hull. Eventually the tow line parted, when she became for a time practically unmanageable, with heavy seas breaching her on all sides, and her crew suffering severely from cold. They, however, were equal to the emergency until a merciful Providence vouchsafed them relief by the tug BALIZE arriving on the scene, which brought her safely to port minus her mainmast, besides either portion of outfit, and the vessel literally laden with ice. The SHELDON was driven back to Cleveland. - Detroit Free Press
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      December 2, 1872 4-3

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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James F. Joy (Schooner), gale damage, 2 Dec 1872