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Julia Willard (Schooner), U12777, aground, 3 Sep 1891

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Cleveland News
CLEVELAND, Sept. 5. - On Thursday night, while the schooner JULIA WILLARD, was beating up the lake light from Erie to Kelley's Island, she ran upon the reef at Avon Point, and stuck fast. She is still on the reef, and remained all day, yesterday in full view from this port. The wind was blowing stiff from the northwest until midnight, when it shifted to the northeast, and it is thought that the WILLARD struck before 12 o'clock, having gone too far in shore while on the starboard tack, striking the reef after putting about. The wind after it changed, served to swing her around at full length upon the reef. The captain went ashore in the yawl and telegraphed to this city for a tug with a steam pump, from which it is understood that the schooner has pounded a hole in her bottom. As the sea was running high all day no attempt was made to assist her yesterday, but in the small hours this morning Capt. C. E. Benham went to her with the tug JOE DUDLEY to see what could be done. The WILLARD is a schooner of 214 tons, and is owned by Mr. D. E. Stone and others of this city. She is given, in the Inland Lloyds Register a valuation of $3,500 and is classed B 1. She is uninsured.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday. September 5, 1891

The schooner JULIA WILLARD ashore on Avon Point is fast going to pieces. She will be stripped and abandoned.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, September 9, 1891

Cleveland, Sept. 10. -- Capt. C. E. Benham, with the aid of the sand-sucker PROTECTION and several steam pumps, succeeded last night in releasing the schooner JULIA WILLARD from the Avon Point rocks. The wrecked schooner was towed into the harbor about 10 o'clock but cannot go into drydock until this afternoon. Just how many or how large are the holes in her bottom cannot be ascertained until she is docked. She isn't a very nice looking boat at present in her dismantled condition.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 10, 1891
      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
      The schooner JULIA WILLARD, a small boat engaged for several seasons past in tile Lake Erie stone trade, went ashore at Avon point on Friday last and it was thought would prove a total loss, but Capt. C. E. Benham of Cleveland succeeded, after some difficulty on account of bad weather, in releasing her Wednesday.
      Marine Review
      September 10, 1891
Schooner JULIA WILLARD. U. S. No. 12777. Of 214.45 tons gross; 203.75 tons net. Built Ashtabula, O., 1865. Home port, Cleveland, O. 118.7 x 26.2 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
RIG: Schooner
LOA: 118.7
BEAM: 26.2
DEPTH: 10.0
GROSS: 214.45 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-
81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 214.45 (1885
CITY: Ashtabula
HOME PORT: Ashtabula, OH (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873); Erie, PA (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878;
1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882;
1883; 1884; 1885.
      Mvus, pre-list to 1885

[Sunk Lake Erie 1895]

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Julia Willard (Schooner), U12777, aground, 3 Sep 1891